I certainly agree that the electoral college system is no way to elect a president but allocating electoral college votes in the ways being advocated by some Republicans would be a step in the wrong direction. Any scheme that strategically favored a particular political party should not be used. The only fair way to elect the president would be by popular vote.

To get around having to enact this change by constitutional amendment, some states have passed laws granting their electoral college votes to the candidate who wins the national popular vote — with the stipulation that the practice will not go into effect until similar legislation is passed by states whose total electoral college votes add up to 270. This would be equivalent to election by popular vote. It should be embraced by all states.

Jay Herson, Chevy Chase