Elec­toral Col­lege

The Wichita Eagle (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Do peo­ple liv­ing in the “fly-over states” who ad­vo­cate for the elim­i­na­tion of the Elec­toral Col­lege un­der­stand what they are say­ing? With a pop­u­larly elected pres­i­dent, vot­ing for pres­i­dent in the fly-over States would be a waste of time. The ma­jor­ity of our pop­u­la­tion lives within a few hun­dred miles of the coasts, mostly in large cities. Many of our large cities his­tor­i­cally vote Demo­crat. It’s not un­rea­son­able to think that with a pop­u­lar vote sys­tem for pres­i­dent, 10 or so of our largest cities could pro­vide the ma­jor­ity of votes and thus de­ter­mine pres­i­den­tial elec­tions. The rest of the coun­try might as well not vote for pres­i­dent. If the large cities changed over night from Demo­crat to Repub­li­can the shoe would be on the other foot.

Wor­ried about your vote not count­ing? In Kansas, a “fly-over state, go­ing to the pop­u­lar vote would ren­der your vote worth­less. Large pop­u­la­tion cen­ters would con­trol the out­come. The Found­ing fa­thers had it right 235 plus years ago.

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