Let’s keep the Electoral College

For the fourth time in U.S. history, a presidential candidate is going to win the popular vote but lose in the Electoral College.

Democrat Hillary Clinton’s popular-vote margin over Republican Donald Trump also bids to be the biggest.

Yes, that rankles in a nation where the popular vote decides every other contest.

Even Trump decried the system (before he benefited from it).

But the Electoral College should not be abolished. It provides a needed voice for states where one political party doesn’t dominate. That’s an incentive for genuine political debate.

Trump won in eight of the 13 “swing” states, including Ohio — racking up a more than an 875,000-vote margin. Clearly he spoke to economic and political realities in those states.

The Electoral College also guarantees that the most populous states don’t dictate to the rest of us.

Yes, some of the original reasons for creating the Electoral College do seem antiquated and wrong today. Among them: To guard against voters without access to enough information being able to tip the totals; and to mollify slaveholding states.

But its larger purpose remains valid in preserving a wider range of regional voices in the presidential outcome.

The Electoral College should be retained.



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