Change the system

November 9, 2020

Editor:

No matter who wins this election, it is time to update the Electoral College, or put it to bed permanently. 

I find it reprehensible that in the 21st Century with all the technology we have available, the candidate that has over 3 million more votes than the other candidate, still was fighting for a lead in the Electoral College was put into the Constitution.

The Electoral College is embodied in the Constitution in Article 2, Section 1, and in the 12th Amendment.  The Framers were wary of giving the people the power to directly elect the president – some felt the citizenry too beholden to local interests, too easily duped by promises or shenanigans, or simply because a national election, in the time of oil lamps and quill pens, was impractical.

At that time in history, the Constitution only allowed white men who owned property to vote.  At first, white men with property were the only Americans routinely permitted to vote.  President Andrew Jackson, champion of frontiersmen, helped advance the political rights of those who did not own property.  By about 1880, most white men without property were enfranchised.

Then the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted women the right to vote and was ratified by the states on August 18, 1920.

Then the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is a landmark piece of federal legislation in the United States that prohibits racial discrimination in voting.  It was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson during the height of the civil rights movement on Aug. 6, 1965, and Congress later amended the act five times to expand its protections.  Designed to enforce the voting rights guaranteed by the 14th and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution, the act secured the right to vote for facial minorities throughout the country.

We as a country need to get this rectified before our next presidential election in 2024.  Time to bring the Electoral College out of the horse and buggy days and into the 21st Century.

Carmen Francis, Bullhead City

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