The Nov. 18 Style article “Electoral college’s coarse catalogue” said “the college, which is composed of 538 party officials who will actually go about the formal business of electing Donald Trump president Dec. 19, based on the popular votes of each state.” It did not mention that in 48 states, 100 percent of votes go to the majority winner, no matter how slight the win, thus disenfranchising all individual votes for the loser. (In Nebraska and Maine, electoral votes mirror the popular-vote percentage.)
Times have changed since 1789. We have better ways to share information now. Individual voters’ choices should matter more than states’ votes. It would not take a constitutional amendment to require all states to cast electoral votes that more accurately reflect popular votes. I would think any voter would want his or her voice heard and his or her vote counted.
Shelagh Smith, Rockville
The 2016 presidential outcome is a paradox, as the Founding Fathers thought the electoral college would prevent rambunctious, non-elitist agrarian populists from gaining control of the government and promoting their provincial interests. It was a safeguard for the elites to be sure our government was sensible, righteous and national. Surprise: The electoral college has enabled the opposite outcome, “trumping” the popular vote to elect the least qualified candidate as president.
This is not the outcome the Founding Fathers or the country anticipated. Changing our system is not the solution; we need to change our candidates.
Michael A. Newman, Bethesda