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Letter: Electoral College is worth tweaking but also keeping

Given that five times in the history of our country candidates for president received the most votes yet lost the election because of the provisions governing the Electoral College, with two of those times occurring in the last two decades, it is understandable why popular opinion today is to jump to the conclusion to eliminate the Electoral College and replace it with an amendment to our Constitution to elect the president by popular vote.

However, to cast the Electoral College aside in favor of election solely by popular vote would prove to be very short sighted as well as a prescription for even greater divisiveness and voter apathy within our country.

Rather than eliminate the Electoral College all that is needed to fix it is to change how electoral votes are tabulated.

A proposed solution out of this dilemma would be to award electoral votes to the presidential candidate with the greatest number of votes within each congressional district and award each state’s two senatorial electrical votes to the candidate with the most votes statewide. The thinking here is that senators are elected statewide.

By implementing these changes voters will soon realize that their votes will once again count in presidential elections because it will determine the outcome within their congressional district that in turn will determine the outcome of a presidential election instead of having the total electoral votes for the state awarded to the candidate with the most votes statewide.

These changes would further enhance the prospect that the most important elected office in America will go to the candidate that is most likely to represent all Americans as well as take away the unfair political advantage that several densely populated areas would have if the popular vote prevailed over who was elected president.

Edward F. McKee

East Amherst

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