Letter to the Editor: Award votes proportionately

We need to reject the idea of the National Popular Vote Compact. This ill-conceived idea is hastily being rushed through the Delaware General Assembly without hardly any careful, deliberate and thoughtful dialog.

What needs to be understood is that the founders never envisioned the U.S. as a direct democracy ie. one person, one vote. We are a republic. James Madison wrote about it in the Federalist Papers No. 10: “Two great points of difference between a democracy and republic are: first in the delegation of government, in the latter,to a small number of citizens elected by the rest. Secondly, the greater number of citizens,and greater sphere of country, over which the latter may be extended.”

I conclude that the Electoral College in its current form, which the electors vote based on the majority of votes in each respective state, is much preferable that effectively nullifying the Electoral College by binding the electors to vote for the national popular vote winner.

Perhaps an even better solution I may argue, would be to award electoral votes proportionally. Delaware has the power to do this now, on its own. Or sometime in the future.

It would just require action from the state legislature. Maine for example awards two electoral votes to the state’s popular vote winner and one to each congressional district winner. In Delaware, for example, the legislature could decide to award one of its electoral votes to the winner in each county. I believe this would be the much better approach and would keep the true intent of the Electoral College in place.

Clint Brothers

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