Electoral College rules need revision

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 4:08 PM

Robert S. MacGoldrick


It is difficult to maintain any level of enthusiasm when the time comes, every four years, to vote in the presidential election. The "winner take all" counting of the Electoral College votes (in most states) makes it a waste of time to vote if you happen to live in one of the 43 states (this time around) not considered to be a "battleground state." In these states, if you vote with the party with the "certain majority," your vote is unnecessary to the win, and it you vote with the minority party, your vote doesn’t count at all.

In Utah, the Republican Party knows we’re "going Red" regardless of their treatment of our state’s needs, and the Democratic Party wrote us off decades ago. I’m sure it also effects how much they do to "win" our approval. There are two ways to fix this.

Either eliminate the Electoral College (created by the founding fathers to overcome the state of national communications in those early days) or, award each candidate the number of electoral votes proportional to the percentage of the votes received.

Changing to either of these in all states could make the presidential elections truly "national" again, as each vote, whether from Utah or from Ohio or Florida, will have value to the candidate and party for whom it was cast.

On the other hand, maybe I should count myself lucky not to have to listen to the deluge of PAC adds suffered by the people in the seven "battleground state."

Robert S. MacGoldrick


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