Letter: Get rid of Electoral College



In her Oct. 28 column “Voters put democracy in difficult spot,” Ann McFeatters wrote of the possibility of a tie vote of the Electoral College in this presidential race. She wrote that the problem is not really with the candidates but with us because we are so divided. I believe that the real problem is the existence of the archaic Electoral College, established in 1804.

The electors choose the president. The electors representing each state are chosen by the political party of the candidate who receives the most votes in that state. However, the electors are not required by law to choose that party’s candidate. Therefore, a person’s vote, even though one of the majority’s, could be completely worthless.

Although unlikely, with the Electoral College the president could be elected with a majority in only 11 states, nine of them east of the Mississippi River.

Four presidential candidates have won the popular vote but lost the election. This is inexcusable.

With this system, my vote for a presidential candidate is nothing more than a symbolic gesture. Every other political office holder in this country is elected by popular vote. The time is past due for getting rid of the Electoral College and allowing the voters to elect the president.

Douglas Gilson