LR the Liberal Redneck here, coming to you from a country that is still laboring under an outdated election process established by the Founding Fathers to ease the transition from the President being elected by Congress, to the President being elected by the citizens. Very primitive communications existed in 1787, and The Electoral College was created by the Constitutional Convention to insure an accurate vote count.

The Electoral College is unfair in several ways. First, it gives more weight to votes cast in small states. (Each state's electoral votes are equal to the number of members it has in the House and Senate combined.) Second, because the Electoral College is "winner take all" in all but two states (Maine and Nebraska), people who disagree with the majority in their state are not represented. Finally, the system allows the election of a President who does not have the support of a majority of voters. John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison and George W. Bush all lost the popular vote and still became president.

Without the Electoral College, candidates would have to campaign to get as many individual votes as possible in every state, instead of focusing on states that provide key electoral votes. Each vote would make a difference and voters would feel they truly had a stake in the elections, which should lead to increased voting across the country.

With a system of direct election, all votes would be equally important and equally sought after. We need to abolish the Electoral College and make our presidential elections one person, one vote. The Founding Fathers did not imagine the Constitution to be holy scripture. They changed it themselves many times. It is time to evolve and give every vote equal value.

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Nancy Kaplan


Retired Professor of Human-Computer Interaction, news junky, progressive