Rethink Electoral College

November 26, 2012 

BARBARA POULSON, Richland

I never gave much thought to the Electoral College when voting. If something works, leave it alone.

Except for the last few years, I almost just threw my voting ballot (guess that was my subconscience talking) in the mail box. "Threw" because I knew whoever I voted for as president really did not matter. Washington is a truly Democrat state so if I liked President Obama or not, the man was going to win Washington.

Then I got mad. Not because of the definite outcome, but because candidate Obama would win or lose with or without my vote. My preference did not count.

The Electoral College is to protect small states from being outvoted by the larger ones. What about people? Don't we count? Or rather, should not our vote as individuals count?

Time to rethink the Electoral College-type voting.

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