, Newburyport, MA

November 12, 2012

A way to improve Electoral College

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

A common complaint about presidential elections is the Electoral College. I hear many people say the elections should be determined by a majority rules system.

A majority rules system is the right way to go for our local city and town elections, but we need a system where all states are heard from.

I am in favor of the Electoral College to elect our president. However, it is my opinion the system has one serious flaw. Instead of giving a candidate the entire number of electors from the state they win, they should be divided, by percentage, according to each state’s outcome. For example: Obama won Massachusetts with 61 percent and Romney received 37 percent. Therefore, Obama gets 61 percent of Massachusetts electors and Romney gets 37 percent. There would still be 538 electors available and 270 needed to win.

This system would be better for state elections as well and will give voters in each county a more significant role. This way, everyone’s vote will contribute more toward the outcome and will give people a better feeling of their vote making a difference. To do otherwise is taking away the voice of the individual.

Ron LeMay