Elec­toral Col­lege can be im­proved

Cecil Whig - - & -

FROM: JERRY SPRIGGS WEST LINN, ORE.

The 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion is be­hind us and many have taken to the streets in protest, some have at­tended special church ser­vices, some have sim­ply reached out to fam­ily and friends to share their an­guish. Mean­while, their coun­ter­parts have en­joyed a sur­prise vic­tory and are elated to learn their can­di­date has emerged vic­to­ri­ous in spite of dire pre­dic­tions and re­buke. The up­shot is that crit­i­cism of the Elec­toral Col­lege by both sides has be­come the bold new na­tional crit­i­cism. Surely it’s an­ti­quated. Surely it must go. Surely we can do bet­ter. And we can! I must quickly give no­tice that the Found­ing Fa­thers were not so ter­ri­bly amiss as many may think. Sure we’re a much larger ex­panse of na­tion, ge­og­ra­phy-wise, and we’re im­mensely more pop­u­lated than the late 1800s. But the Elec­toral Col­lege mech­a­nism works. So why did one pres­i­den­tial can­di­date (Hil­lary) win a ma­jor­ity of pop­u­lar votes and the other can­di­date (Trump) seem to steal the elec­tion?

The cul­prit is not the Elec­toral Col­lege it­self. No, rather, our stum­bling arises out of the all-or-noth­ing ap­proach we take when we tally the pop­u­lar votes and con­vert them into Elec­toral Votes suit­able for the Elec­toral Col­lege re­sult. That step in the process needs to be re­placed.

Equal Voice Vot­ing of­fers the best of so­lu­tions with­out re­quir­ing a Con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment (visit www. equalvoicevot­ing.com). It’s a sim­ple for­mula that con­verts a state’s pop­u­lar votes into a pro­por­tional elec­toral vote that hews closely to the pop­u­lar vote, does not dis­en­fran­chise vot­ers, gives each state its in­de­pen­dent voice, honors the Found­ing Fa­thers’ in­tent, and ac­knowl­edges the grand ex­panse of this huge na­tion’s di­verse cul­tures, peo­ples, val­ues and pri­or­i­ties.

It’s time to ini­ti­ate leg­is­la­tion on a state-by-state ba­sis so that we can en­joy a vote­cap­tur­ing sys­tem with­out suf­fer­ing (or rel­ish­ing) a sud­den Novem­ber sur­prise. Sus­pense is one of the as­pects that makes the pres­i­den­tial elec­tions highly in­trigu­ing but we should also ex­pe­ri­ence a con­fi­dence that trans­lates into a con­tin­ued pride of coun­try. The ex­er­cise of our Elec­toral Col­lege should be a source of such con­fi­dence and can be if we sim­ply mod­ify how we count ev­ery­one’s vote. Con­tact your leg­is­la­tors and ask that they give Equal Voice Vot­ing their strong con­sid­er­a­tion!

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