Timothy Miller

Muskogee

I recently read a letter to the editor in an Oklahoma newspaper that I won’t name. In this letter a person argued that we should not elect people based on a popular vote. The only people that make that argument are ones that know they have the weaker hand when it comes to ideas and they know they cannot win a majority. In my opinion we should eliminate the Electoral College as it is a relic of old and we no longer need it. Today we can count every single vote across the nation without much problem. If we would make it so that the popular vote was the deciding factor then it would help the minorities in every state not hurt them. The problem with the current system is if you are in the minority in a state your vote doesn’t really count because most states are winner take all in the Electoral College. For example if you’re a democrat in Oklahoma or a republican in California you are discouraged from voting because chances are your vote won’t mean much at least in a national election. If we were to go to a popular vote then everyone’s vote would count in every state no matter what party you belong to. If you can’t win on the merits and you have to rely on a rigged system then you don’t deserve to win. How does it make sense to get less votes and still win?

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