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VOTING: Elect president through popular vote

Letter by Laura H. Vaughn, Tacoma on Oct. 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm | No Comments »
October 29, 2012 2:28 pm

The 1787 Constitutional Convention designed an electoral college that is being used by today’s candidates in a way that disenfranchises many voters.

What may have been the best they could do in Colonial days gives disproportional weight to the voters in small states by as much as 4 to 1. Voters in swing states barraged by media blitzkriegs of ads and automated phone calls willingly sell their votes in exchange for government projects and grants.

Election campaigns are so expensive that candidates sell their souls to win elections. Many voters don’t believe their vote counts, let alone makes a difference. The polls are hardly closed on the East Coast before the networks have named a winner.

It’s time for a change. We need a constitutional amendment to dump the Electoral College and elect the president by popular vote. Just think of it. We would have a system with just good honest “votes” that count. No red states, blue states or swing states. Your vote would actually count toward the total your candidate receives and the candidate with the majority of the total votes cast would win.

Now if it were only that easy to solve the problem of campaign financing and the buying and selling of politicians by lobbyists and other groups. There are many good reasons to contribute to the party and representatives of your choice, but in today’s world of massive campaign war chests, the average voter’s donation is lost and probably wasted.

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