Donald Trump was right. The election was rigged — in his favor. The electoral college, an undemocratic vestige, distorted the election by giving battleground state voters more weight and smaller states disproportionate representation. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but lost the election. It happened in 2000, too. The Supreme Court’s shenanigans aside, then-Vice President Al Gore won the popular vote, but the electoral college tally gave George W. Bush the presidency.
Until we abolish the electoral college, remove all barriers to voting and grant taxpaying Americans in the District and U.S. territories the right to voting representation in Congress, democracy in the United States will be nothing more than a sham.
Elliott Negin, Washington
I voted for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and she got more of the popular vote, but I’m not sure that vote should replace the electoral college. A popular-vote difference of three-tenths of a percentage point, when neither Ms. Clinton (at 47.7 percent) nor Donald Trump (at 47.4 percent) got more than 50 percent, is not a margin of confidence. If only the popular vote counted, I can imagine Middle America crying foul that California stole the election and demanding a recount.
Getting states to ratify a constitutional amendment eliminating the electoral college may be difficult. Instead, include the electoral college and the popular vote together. To win, a candidate would need a majority of electors (allocated within each state proportional to the vote) and more than 50 percent of the national popular vote. If no candidate had more than 50 percent, a runoff election between the two with the greatest share of the popular vote would occur. So third parties could be viable, not simply spoilers.
Maybe a system somewhere along these lines is worth considering.
Frederic H. Decker, Bowie