How pres­i­den­tial vot­ing works

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Carl Chris­tensen,

“Elec­toral Col­lege is the worst of both worlds,” Dec. 27 E.J. Dionne Jr. col­umn.

E.J. Dionne Jr.’s col­umn sup­port­ing a pop­u­lar vote for pres­i­dent lacks an im­por­tant point. He uses the ex­am­ples of a county elec­tion, a sin­gle elec­tion, win­ner-take-all and a state elec­tion, also a sin­gle elec­tion, win­ner-takeall. How­ever, the na­tional elec­tion is not a coun­try-wide sin­gle elec­tion.

Each state, and the Dis­trict of Columbia, is re­spon­si­ble for its own elec­tion; there­fore, there are ac­tu­ally 51 sep­a­rate elec­tions that make up the over­all pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. Each state has its own win­ner-take-all elec­tion and that per­son gets the elec­toral votes.

Hil­lary Clin­ton won New York and Cal­i­for­nia, which have far greater pop­u­la­tions than many other states, thereby giv­ing her large vot­ing num­bers. But, in the end, th­ese were just two elec­tions out of many. Trump won more elec­tions (states) and thus more elec­toral votes.

Sup­port­ers of the pop­u­lar vote didn’t have an is­sue with the Elec­toral Col­lege be­fore the elec­tion. Now they do and their ar­gu­ment al­ways “for­gets” to men­tion how the vot­ing works. Send let­ters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@ den­ver­ or 101 W. Col­fax Ave., Suite 800, Den­ver, CO, 80202. Please in­clude full name, city and phone num­ber. Con­tact us at 303-954-1331.

A Colorado elec­tor holds a signed vote cer­tifi­cate dur­ing the elec­toral vote at the Capi­tol Dec. 19. Bren­nan Lins­ley, As­so­ci­ated Press

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