Letter: Electoral College or popular vote? You decide

From: Keith Warf


Electoral College or popular vote? This seems to be the question of the day. Many Hillary Clinton supporters argue we should abandon the “outdated” method of choosing the president and vice president of the United States via the Electoral College. Most supporters of President-elect Donald Trump argue that the existing system works as intended, giving a voice to all the states and all citizens, and has served us well since 1787.

One cannot have a conversation about the results of the election without eventually being reminded that Clinton won the popular vote. There is no argument against that fact.

As of Dec. 2, Clinton was ahead in the U.S. popular vote by 2.56 million votes. New York City cast 1.51 million more votes for Clinton than Trump. Los Angeles County cast 1.74 million more votes for Clinton than Trump. It is interesting to see that Trump leads the popular vote by 690,000 votes in the rest of the United States.

We must also note that Trump won 30 of the 50 states. He won 2,723 of 3,143 counties in the United States. Yes, Clinton only won 420 counties.

To summarize, Trump won 57 percent of the Electoral College votes, 60 percent of the states and 87 percent of the counties in the U.S. So the question becomes “Does the heartland of America want New York City and Los Angeles, in effect, choosing who leads our great country?”

Should we keep the Electoral College under a united republic or abandon it for a popular vote weighted heavily toward a handful of large coastal cities? You decide.