States aren’t stuck with ‘winner take all’ for Electoral College

Langdon Moore in his Dec. 15 letter to the editor erroneously states that our current method of selecting electors to the Electoral College is in the Constitution. The constitution merely states that the number of electors be apportioned by the number of representatives in the House of Representatives for each state.

All but two states chose to leverage their majority by a winner-take-all system of selecting electors. This is not in the Constitution, and would require merely a law prohibiting the winner-take-all method and requiring electors be proportional to the popular vote in each state.

Unfortunately states are happy disenfranchising their minorities including Washington, because the opposition undoubtedly would choose to keep their advantage. For the record though, the framers were willing to disenfranchise women, slaves and what they considered “rabble” of the inner cities, who in many cases could not read at the time and were not considered competent to vote. This is no longer the case, and I worry just what our children think upon learning we are not a true Democracy. I agree that the overrule of the car tab vote teaches the same lesson.

Roger Mathews


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