This is The Soapbox, a forum for you to share your thoughts with us and your fellow On Politics readers. In today’s edition, readers sound off the movement to end the Electoral College.
A large majority of responses were in support of ending the Electoral College, including this one from Gary Allen of Maryland:
The presidential election should be based on the national popular vote. The House is gerrymandered, the Senate represents states regardless of population, the Supreme Court is appointed. At least one element of government ought to be based on “one citizen one vote.”
A few readers wrote in to defend the Electoral College. Here’s a note we got from Edna Lampke:
Only several states would decide the elections otherwise! Then the majority of America would stop voting altogether. Very unfair.
Margaret Dickerson of Texas said a popular vote would make her feel like her vote actually counted:
I support abolishing the Electoral College. I am a liberal Democrat and I live deep in the heart of Texas. Therefore my presidential vote literally doesn’t count. All votes should count.
Sara Bhakti of Washington State wondered whether there was a third option:
In a high school civics class, we were taught that the Electoral College protected the influence of states with smaller populations from the “tyranny of the majority.” That reasoning is compelling to progressive liberal me. I wonder what a truly fair system would look like — perhaps instant runoff voting?
And finally, Ed Siebel of California reminded us that this debate is not exactly novel in the world of politics:
In 1955-56, the topic in the NFL (you knew that’s the National Forensic League?) considered by high school debate teams was: “Resolved: the Electoral College should be abolished.” I ‘spect this has been considered in detail for some time prior to that, as well.
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What to read tonight
• The number of female solo travelers has skyrocketed. But amid the Instagram-worthy adventures are tales of violence, raising questions about how the world is greeting women who travel alone.
• Despite full Democratic control over state government, a monthslong effort to legalize marijuana in New Jersey collapsed on Monday.
• This story from Westword talks to survivors of the Columbine High School shooting. Nearly 20 years later, they still live with the trauma of that day.
National Puppy Day was this weekend — in other words, an excuse to post a picture of my dog!
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