Letter: Will Electoral College negate my vote?

March 18, 2014 

As someone who is going to start voting in the 2016 elections, I'm concerned about whether my vote even matters. There has been much talk whether the citizens' votes actually count when it comes down to deciding who is elected president. The talks involve whether the president is chosen by electoral votes or by the majority votes of the citizens.

So I wonder if it will matter if I vote or not. I feel like people voting is just something that measures the popularity of a candidate among the citizens. And when it comes to deciding who will win the elections, the Electoral College decides who wins because they have more knowledge on the platforms that the candidates are proposing.

Of course, the popular votes don't always match the electoral votes. When they're not in sync, the electoral votes pick the president. In the 2000 election, for example, Al Gore won the popular vote but lost in the Electoral College.

Will the citizens' vote count in the next election or should the electoral votes decide the outcome because they represent the states?

MONICA CONTRERAS, Pasco

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