Letter to the Editor

Supporting election by popular vote

Friday, September 20, 2019

Supporting election by popular vote

To the Editor:

We should join with the other numerous states that have passed the national popular vote interstate compact. The president should be elected like other offices and be the person who gets the most votes throughout the entire country. Everybody's vote should matter.

The National Popular Vote interstate compact will go into effect when enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes -- that is, enough to elect a President (270 of 538). At that time, every voter in the country will acquire a direct vote for a group of at least 270 presidential electors supporting their choice for President.

All of this group of presidential electors will be supporters of the candidate who received the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC -- thus guaranteeing that candidate enough votes in the Electoral College to become President.

The U.S. Constitution (Article II) gives states exclusive control over awarding their electoral votes: "Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors...."

Kenneth Clark


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