DEAR VOTER: Should We DITCH the Electoral College?

Written by Sylvia Andrews on August 3, 2016

It strikes me that, in this day and age of instant this and instant that, we are still involved in a political process that uses surrogates to voice the will of the people. Maybe it’s time for a really close look at the electoral college versus the popular vote. In a time when communicating the tallied votes took days and sometimes weeks, the electoral college probably was the best thing, but I don’t believe that it is now. With advent of computers, one can find out the results of a state-wide election in a matter of a couple of hours after the polls close. Therefore, it would seem to me that the popular vote, which IS the voice of the people, should be the overriding decision. The business of putting the party before the country has to stop if we are to dig ourselves out of the hole into which we’ve been thrown.

Now, since I mentioned computers, it’s also a problem that voting machines of several types have been questioned as to their reliability. People have reported that they saw their votes being changed right in front of them by the machine. In one recent election, if memory serves me, a lot of voting machines were owned and operated by a friend of the current occupant of the Oval Office. That, and the fact that in some places not a single person cast an opposing vote, or that more votes than people living there were tabulated, makes me think that there must have been some hanky-panky going on. If the United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land still, then there should be better methods of electing people to national office without the use of delegates and super-delegates…and what the heck IS a super-delegate anyhow?

Why, in this day and age, do different states vote on different Tuesdays? Again, with the technology that we have, and assuming we can get tamper-proof voting machines, why doesn’t the entire country vote on the same day? Now, THAT would be a Super Tuesday! Also, why do some states have caucuses and some don’t. If they all have primaries in which anyone can vote for anyone, wouldn’t that simplify things? A closed election primary may weed out the losers, but wouldn’t an open primary do the same thing? I think it would. According to some research that I did, Tuesday was chosen for election day because it didn’t interfere with church-going, marketing or farming, so the people had a chance to get to town and vote, and get back home. Does that sound like a rather obscure reason nowadays? Instead of making it easier to vote, we are clinging to some outdated ideas that may make it more difficult.

Ok, now you’re at the voting precinct for your area and you present your driver’s license or some other form of identification with you name and picture on it. In most cases, that’s your entry to cast your ballot…and in California you can be an illegal alien with a driver’s license and probably get to vote. Democrats, who are largely behind every giveaway in the Golden State, are thinking that these illegal aliens will vote for them. Since when do people who are not United States citizens, vote? Illegal aliens in Crazyfornia have gotten away with so much lately, with the blessings of the Governor, Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown, that one might think you were entering into a foreign country when you cross the state line from any of the adjoining states…and you would be about 75% correct.

Elections should be as easy as making up your mind which person most suits your ideas and then you vote for that person. There shouldn’t be any intermediary such as a ward boss, delegate, or local chairperson, or whatever name is applied to them. Again, we have the technology so that on the same day that your vote is cast, you can find out the results of the election. Perhaps it’s time to rethink the business of the electoral college, delegates, super-delegates and anyone that comes between you and your vote.

Voter ID should have the person’s picture on it to avoid voter fraud. However, some Liberal judges have ruled that those ID’s are racist and unconstitutional. It appears that the lefties will do anything for votes, even if it’s irrational, illegal, and even a big, fat, lie. Every national election is important because it sets the tone and the course for the next four, or eight, years.

Given what was said here, you may think that your vote is not important, but it is, so get out and vote. Vote for the nominee who can keep you and your family safe, fight terrorism, promote a better economic vision and someone who puts America first. For me, it’s Donald Trump.

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Sylvia Andrews
Sylvia Andrews has a Masters Degree in nursing, and has practiced for many years. She is politically active, holds strong opinions about how and where the country should be headed. A well-travelled person, she’s been to almost all 50 states and several foreign countries. She advocates for the Constitution and very much for the 2nd Amendment. She can be contacted at