To the Editor:
After the 2000 election, when the new president was elected to office by the Electoral College even though he had lost the popular vote by several million votes, I said it was time to do away with that system and elect the president by popular vote like every one else.
A good political science professor friend of mine, who is now deceased, said I was wrong because the system didn't do this but about once in a 100 years and that I should forget it. Well it has been a very fast 100 years as it has happened again, so I say again it is time to fix it.
A possible simple fix not involving a Constitutional Amendment would be for all of the states to award their electoral votes based on the percentages of the popular vote given to a specific candidate as opposed to the current winner-take-all concept used by the majority of states.
For example if a state's popular vote went 51 percent Democratic, 45 percent Republican and 4 percent other, then the electoral votes would be split the same as the percentages. In most states, including Illinois, under current law, the Democrats get 100 percent of the electoral votes because they got the majority of the popular vote. The net result of such a system would be that the winner of the electoral vote would also be the winner of the popular vote, thus eliminating the possibility that a president which the majority did not vote for would not be elected.
It is difficult if not impossible to govern a country where the majority did not want you
in the first place. That has now been the situation in two of the three administrations this century and the results are obvious, everyone is mad at everyone else, they won't work together to solve the problems and it is a big mess. We simply can't go on like this yet I have heard nothing about trying to fix the basic problem, the Electoral College.
Let's at least give it some thought.