Letter: Make Electoral College ballots proportional to popular vote

February 13, 2013 

Separate statehood? Annexing into Idaho? Secede from the Union? These are a few ideas mentioned by a frustrated electorate determined to make their voices heard. Realistically, none of them are likely to occur. So what can be done to achieve voter equality?

Consider this: Some states already do not award the full slate of electoral votes to one candidate in presidential elections. If Washington adopted this system, all voters, regardless of party affiliation, would know that their vote actually did count for something in spite of the state's overall outcome. Additionally, if an independent candidate received enough votes to win a piece of the electoral pie, electoral votes should be awarded accordingly.

Our state would become relevant to all political parties. This system would maintain the integrity of the Electoral College while more closely mirroring the national vote.

This proposal is not about favoring the Republicans or the Democrats who were calling for change following Al Gore's defeat. It is about truly representing all who exercise their right to vote.

Please contact your representatives and urge them to move forward with this important legislation so that it is in place before the next presidential election. The time to act is now.


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