13, No. 23
30 - Dec. 13, 2000
By Jules Ira Rubenstein
We asked readers what they thought of
the Electoral College's role in electing the president of the United
"We should do away with the electoral vote and we
should just go straight with the public ... When the people vote, it
should be the people's decision, the people's choice, not the government's
"We have to keep the electoral college
to protect the vote of the people in small states ... It
doesn't matter what the majority of their vote is. It gets
wiped out by the large states."
"I think some damage is done because the guy in the street
thinks his vote doesn't count and that something is being done behind the scenes
that he doesn't quite understand. I think confidence has to restored in the vote
of an individual citizen."
"I'm in favor of keeping the Electoral College. It's been
around for over a hundred and something years. It's part of the American
"I think the electoral system is
archaic and just because it's been around for a hundred, or
even a thousand years, that doesn't mean it's working."
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