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Get rid of winner-take-all in Electoral College | READER COMMENTARY

An aide opens Electoral College ballot boxes during a joint session of Congress to tally ballots for the president and vice president of the United States, January 06, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
An aide opens Electoral College ballot boxes during a joint session of Congress to tally ballots for the president and vice president of the United States, January 06, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

In Roger C. Kostmayer’s recent letter to the editor, “Let majority rule and override Electoral College” (Nov. 14), he proposes a system that would take a bad system and make it worse. The problem is not with the Electoral College, it is with the winner-take-all allocation of electoral votes that is used by most states.

Under Mr. Kostmayer’s proposal, a state might allocate all its electoral votes to a candidate that is highly unpopular in the state, based on the candidate winning the popular vote nationwide. What is fair about that? A better method would be for a state to allocate its electoral votes proportionally to the popular vote in that state. This can easily be done by the state’s legislature and it would be entirely constitutional.

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Robert Gross, Pikesville

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