Letter to the editor

Abolish electoral college for fairer elections

January 16, 2013 

Did you know that even if a candidate for presidential office wins the popular vote, they still might lose the election?

The electoral college isn’t an actual college; it is a group of people who vote for their state. Each state has an electoral college. The state gets a certain amount of electoral votes in the electoral college. The states’ electoral votes depend on the sum of the amount of senators and representatives elected from that state to Congress. The electoral college votes the way the majority of the public in their state vote. So even if you vote, your vote might not count.

Our Founding Fathers laid down a process of general will, the idea that the majority of the people make the decisions. No middle men! So how has the idea of general will been almost completely thrown away? You still kind of have it, but mostly, you don’t.

Wouldn’t it be a lot simpler just if the United States presidents were elected directly by the people? People say we have a say in who becomes our next leader, but really, only some of us do. Isn’t that a little bit frightening? How can we put our faith in someone that most of the U.S. citizens didn’t vote for? That has happened four times already, the last time being in 2000 with the election of George W. Bush. I wouldn’t want somebody vetoing laws that most citizens would like.

I can see having the college to save time, but even though those electoral college people took an oath that they will only vote for the same person as the majority of their states; they are still humans and can still lie. The electoral college might help candidates win elections by only a few states, with a lot of electoral votes, voting their way, but that is unfair. This country was built on trust and fairness. So why are these elections becoming unfair?

All we need to do is get rid of the electoral college. Then, all candidates will have to work hard to win and visit the people instead of just the states with most of the electoral votes. So, to get a president that the majority of the United States Citizens voted for; get rid of the electoral college and have general will reinstated in the United States of America.

The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.

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