Elec­toral Col­lege serves a pur­pose

Baltimore Sun - - WORLD - David Hol­stein, Parkville

Calls for scrap­ping the Elec­toral Col­lege or mak­ing an end run around it via the Elec­toral Col­lege com­pact are ill ad­vised (“One per­son, one vote,” Nov. 14). The Sun states that “the big­gest rea­son to ditch the Elec­toral Col­lege is that it vi­o­lates the prin­ci­ple that each Amer­i­can voter should have an equal say in de­cid­ing who is pres­i­dent” and “the smallest states have dis­pro­por­tion­ate in­flu­ence over the out­come.” Just three deep blue states — Cal­i­for­nia, New York and Illi­nois that al­ways vote Demo­cratic — ac­count for 104 Elec­toral Col­lege votes, 38 per­cent of the 270 needed to elect the pres­i­dent and vice-pres­i­dent. Talk about a “dis­pro­por­tion­ate in­flu­ence.”

Amer­ica is not a pure democ­racy. It is a repub­lic com­prised of 50 sovereign states. Pure democ­racy is two wolves and a lamb vot­ing on what to have for lunch. If Amer­ica were a mono­lithic fed­eral state, there would be no need for the Elec­toral Col­lege. But it is not! Only four times in U.S. his­tory has the win­ner of the Elec­toral Col­lege not also won the pop­u­lar vote. Be­cause we are a na­tion of 50 sovereign states, it is ap­pro­pri­ate that the elec­tors of each state cast their votes for the can­di­date who re­ceived the ma­jor­ity vote in their state. No state should will­ingly cede a por­tion of its sovereignty by over­rul­ing the will of the ma­jor­ity of its vot­ers and as­sign­ing the state’s Elec­toral Col­lege votes based on the pop­u­lar vote of other states.

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