Regardless of Election Day's results, it's time to call the Electoral College what it truly is — immoral. Obtaining equal voting rights has been a struggle in the United States since our inception. We immorally excluded women and entire ethnicities. We now find it palatable to ignore the minority vote in our winner-takes-all system.
A vote for Mitt Romney in Maryland was a vote for zero, nothing, zilch. The same can be said about a vote for Barack Obama in Texas. It's time to resurrect the 91st Congress' attempt to abolish this antiquated and immoral system that systematically ignores large portions of the voting populace. Imagine a United States where every vote counts equally. Currently, you and I are not permitted to vote for the President of the United States. A "college of electors" will do that based on how Maryland votes. Election Day is really December 17th. That is the day the president of the United States will be elected by 538 individuals.
It is possible for the winner of such a vote will have won a minority of the states and a minority of the popular vote. This possibility alone proves that the system is seriously flawed and should be abandoned. Opponents of this change tend to come from the conservative side that fear voting fraud. Project Veritas has proven this issue to be a real one, which is why we must continue to pursue voter identification laws. A majority of states (33) now require some form of voter identification. However, only six states require photo identification.
Any change to the Electoral College must be accompanied by strict voter identification laws. It is my hope that I live to see the day when every citizen's vote is counted equally toward the direct election of the president of the United States.
Brian Powell, MonktonCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun