Keep the Electoral College

To the editor:

In 2016 Donald Trump won 30 states and 56 percent of the Electoral College votes. Democrats reaction: OOPS! Could that be why some candidates in the Democrat Presidential Primary say we should abolish the Electoral College in favor of a national popular vote?

The “College” has been with us since the founding, and in it’s present form since the 1804 election It promotes parity between the states. It prevents the tyranny of large population states over more rural states.

Abolishing the “College” would require a constitutional amendment ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures. Unlikely, and almost impossible before the 2020 election. Moreover, in what might be an attempt to circumvent the traditional Electoral College before the election, some state legislatures joined the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Under certain circumstances they would give their Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate that won the national popular vote, regardless of who won their state. The possibility of a state having their votes counted but not count is a bad idea.

Bob Jentges

North Mankato


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