Letters to the Editor

Don’t abolish the Electoral College

Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. While some are happier than others, the fact remains, Trump won. While I didn’t vote for him, I take issue with the calls for the abolition of the Electoral College. I don’t think people appreciate the dangers of that idea. We live in the United States of America. If the electoral votes of these states united are stripped away, what is there to unite?

We would rightly be called the State of America and a sorry state would we be. A national popular vote would nullify Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution; granting the states power to appoint electors apportioned to their number of representatives and senators in Congress. A popular vote would remove that power.

On election night, there would be no states in America, simply a State of America. If you take away the power of the states to elect the president, why do the states exist? What is the purpose of states if they’re rendered powerless to choose who leads the country? What other states rights will this decision effect? This would be the biggest constitutional disaster this country has ever faced.

Jared Dean, Fresno