Letter to the editor: The Founding Fathers got it right
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The 2016 presidential election is behind us and many are surprised – some disappointed and others jubilant. Criticism of the Electoral College by both sides has become the bold new national sentiment. Surely, it is antiquated. Surely, it must go. Surely, we can do better.
And we can!
The Founding Fathers were not so terribly amiss as many may think. Sure we are a larger expanse of nation, geography-wise and we are more populated than the late 1800s, but the Electoral College mechanism still works. So why did one presidential candidate (Hillary) win a majority of popular votes and the other candidate (Trump) seem to steal the election?
The culprit is not the Electoral College itself. Rather, our stumbling arises out of the All-or-Nothing approach we take when we tally the popular votes and convert them into Electoral Votes suitable for the Electoral College result. The Electoral College does not need to be replaced.
Equal Voice Voting offers the best of solutions without requiring a Constitutional amendment. It is a simple formula that converts a state’s popular votes into proportional electoral votes that hew closely to the popular vote,. It does not disenfranchise voters and it gives each state its independent voice, honors the Founding Fathers’ intent and acknowledges the this nation’s diverse cultures, peoples, values and priorities.
It is time to initiate legislation on a state-by-state basis so our vote-capturing system elicits a confidence that translates into a continued pride of our country. The exercise of our Electoral College can be a source of such confidence if we simply modify how we count everyone’s vote. Contact your legislators and ask that they give Equal Voice Voting their strong consideration.
West Linn, Ore.