I strongly disagree with the position taken in your editorial regarding the Electoral College.

The Electoral College was not included in the Constitution to protect against government by the “mob” or to thwart majority rule. Quite to the contrary, the purpose was to permit the voters of each state to have a voice in the important issue of electing a president.

Except in extraordinary circumstances, popular election would give the citizens of the most populous places the power to control the result—meaning that voters

in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and a few other cities would swing any presidential election. Votes from citizens in Idaho and the other 47 states (and rural voters in New York, Illinois and California) would essentially be irrelevant. I don’t believe that would be democracy.  Neither would be amending the Constitution to eliminate the allocation of two senators from each state to some concept of national plurality. The founders recognized the validity of plurality in determining the composition of the House of Representatives.

Mitchell L. Hollins, Sun Valley

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