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Letter: Electoral College serves vital purpose in republic

Electoral College serves vital purpose in republic

Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore was asked after the 2000 election whether he was in favor of abolishing the Electoral College. Even with the fresh wound of defeat, he said, “no.” He knew the reason for its inclusion in our Constitution.

For writers to this column and numerous other people throughout our country to say it should be abolished and that it is antiquated reflects their disappointment in the outcome of this year’s presidential election and a complete lack of understanding of the wisdom of the drafters of our Constitution.

First, we are not a democracy where the majority rules. We are a republic where all states have a voice in our government. That’s why we have two senators from each state as well as congressional districts throughout each state and that’s why we have an Electoral College. Otherwise, the few states on the East Coast, including New York, and on the West Coast, including California, having the greatest populations would control the outcome of every presidential election with the vast number of other states having no input at all. Do you know how many wouldn’t vote at all because their vote wouldn’t mean anything?

Like the rest of the Constitution, the Electoral College isn’t outdated but exemplifies the wisdom of our forefathers. Gore knew the reasoning behind it, as do many other thoughtful Americans, and so should all Americans.

Richard D. Grisanti


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