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October 7, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Electoral College can be tweaked

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Each election, there are some who want to change how we elect the president. Specifically, there are calls to do away with the Electoral College.

I believe the Electoral College is a valid and vital concept. What I disagree with is that the electoral votes are awarded on a “winner-take-all” basis per state.

I think it would better serve our republic to award Electoral College votes on a per-congressional-district basis. That is, each vote is awarded to the winner of a congressional district, and the overall state winner gets the two votes represented by the Senate seats. There are a couple of states that already do this.

Changing this would have no impact on the several small states that have only a single congressional district. It is the large states like California, Texas and New York that would see a potentially dramatic change in how their votes are allocated.

It will be difficult to do this on a national level, but we can do it here in Nevada just as those other states have. We might wind up splitting our votes 4-2, but voters in both our rural and urban areas could feel as if their vote mattered.

The author is chairman of the Whig Party of Nevada.

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