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Electoral College ensures balance

I'm glad that there has been so much discussion locally on The Electoral College. It is a part of the federal government that we should all understand more, and its creation by the Founders was done for a number of sound, pro-civilian democratic reasons.

Yes, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than two million votes, but if we count the votes cast in the 49 states outside of California, then Donald Trump had a slight majority vote. If we also look past the votes of New York City and its neighboring counties, and then look at the remaining 48 states plus most of the remaining New York State counties, then Donald Trump had a popular majority of four million votes. The Electoral College, therefore, gave us a result reflecting the voters of 49 out of 50 states. Without the College, the results would have been highly skewed by California and greater New York City.

In response to a recent Last Word comment, the Ancient Greeks did not vote as a national referendum. Only some of the city-states were democracies, and in those only 20-30% of the adult population had the right to vote, making them extended oligarchies rather than true democracies. Our democracy is based more on renaissance Switzerland, which had systems similar to the Electoral College.

Dr. Jeffrey Fiske

James City County

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