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LETTER: Should the Electoral College be Eliminated?

Posted November 22, 2016, 02:00 PM HST Updated November 23, 2016, 12:16 PM HST

The framers of the US Constitution created the Electoral College as a result of a compromise for the presidential election process.

During the debate, some delegates felt that a direct popular election would lead to the election of each state’s favorite son and none would emerge with sufficient popular majority to govern the country. Other delegates felt that giving Congress the power to select the president would deny the people their right to choose. After all, the people voted for their representatives to the federal legislature. The compromise was to set up an Electoral College system that allowed voters to vote for electors, who would then cast their votes for candidates, a system described in Article II, section 1 of the Constitution.

Each state is allocated a number of electors equal to the number of its US senators (always two) plus the number of its US representatives (which may change each decade according to the size of each state’s population as determined in the Census).

Whichever party slate wins the most popular votes in the state becomes that state’s electors—so that, in effect, whichever presidential ticket gets the most popular votes in a state wins all the electors of that state.

The debate has started again as to whether the US Constitution should be amended in order to change the presidential election process.  Some promote eliminating the Electoral College in favor of a direct popular vote for president while others believe the Electoral College should remain unchanged. Just as compromise solved the initial problems of the framers so it is that compromise can solve this problem.


The solution is to change the electoral votes to electoral points and reward each candidate a percentage of points based on the percentage of popular votes received in each state. This would eliminate the “winner take all” system, thus allowing for all the votes to count. A voter is more apt to believe their vote counted when a percentage of popular votes are taken into account rather than the “all or nothing” system currently in existence. Further, this new system would integrate the desire for a popular vote for president with the need for the individual states to determine who actually gets elected.

As for political primaries, the number of delegates awarded in each state should be determined by the percentage of votes won by each candidate.

For 2016 multiplying the percentage of votes each candidate received {in each state} times the number of electoral votes {in each state} results in the following: Clinton 256.985 and Trump 253.482.


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Andrea Minor This process is already in motion! Ten states (including HI) and DC have already signed on to the States Compact to accept the results of the National popular vote for their electors. They have 165 of the 270 electorates needed. If you want your vote to be heard, please support this effort. There are folks involved in Hilo, please consider helping out.November 23, 2016 05:22pm
Phillip J Keuhlen Absolutely not! It is a brilliant institution. Try understanding it, why we have it, and the implications of abandoning it before trying to get rid of it.https://www.prageru.com/courses/political-science/do-you-understand-electoral-collegeNovember 23, 2016 07:59pm
Jerry Ashburn Do you really want to piss off all the people with guns?November 24, 2016 11:23am
Jerry Ashburn No, the Founding Fathers were brilliant men and chose the electoral college for sound reasons. There are way too many stupid, emotional, self-serving people in this country. The election is over...get over losing for God's sake. Go to your safe space and hug your participation trophy.November 24, 2016 11:27am
McAlpine Melody No!November 24, 2016 12:56pm
McAlpine Melody Hilary is not my president! Trump won fair and square.November 24, 2016 12:58pm
Gabe Beter One Citizen = One Vote = Majority Wins Abraham Lincoln "Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world." Voting is your civil OBLIGATION and DUTY as a citizen. 24% of America’s population elected a moron… with 1.7 million LESS votes 44.6% of the America’s population DID NOT! 47.3% of Hawaii’s population DID NOT VOTE! Why? How many of these individuals and individuals belonging to organizations that contract for services and or depend on federal or state government services and assistance in one form or another that did not vote? Let's change this. When we eventually abolish the Electoral College, I propose a mandate 1-Up to One-month early voting.2- National Holiday “Vote Day” 3-everyone prove they voted to receive any kind of services, public assistance and /or service contracts from both state and federal. You don't have to reveal who you voted for just show your proof that you voted with an I.D.November 24, 2016 01:13pm
James Kelley NopeNovember 24, 2016 03:02pm
Steven Pedersen Wahhh!November 24, 2016 07:03pm
Andrea Minor They deserve a vote, same as anyone else.November 24, 2016 08:18pm

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