Re­form needed at Elec­toral Col­lege

The Fresno Bee - - Opinion -

The Elec­toral Col­lege needs to be re­formed. As it now stands, it is un­dem- ocratic.

The whole idea of a democ­racy is true rep­re­sen­ta­tion. In the case of the Elec­toral Col­lege, in 48 of the 50 states it is win­ner-take-all, re­gard­less of the pro­por­tion of the peo­ple who vote for one can­di­date for pres­i­dent in that state. If 51 per­cent of the peo­ple in a given state vote for one can­di­date for pres­i­dent, all the Elec­toral Col­lege votes go to that can­di­date for pres­i­dent. Why is it that the other 49 per­cent of the state’s vot­ers are not rep­re­sented? This is un­demo­cratic.

The Elec­toral Col­lege vote should be pro­rated on the ba­sis of the vot­ers who voted in that state. This will be truly demo­cratic. If 49 per­cent of the peo­ple voted for a dif­fer­ent can­di­date, then their votes should go to that can­di­date. The Elec­toral Col­lege vot­ing sys­tem should also not be op­tional but manda­tory. It should be straight­for­ward and not con­tro­ver­sial, by al­low­ing peo­ple to have dis­cre­tion in their vot­ing in the Elec­toral Col­lege. As it now stands, the Elec­toral col­lege is un­demo­cratic.

– Gary Dashjian, Clo­vis

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