National Popular Vote Movement

Dear Editor:

The National Popular Vote Movement is seeking to effectively eliminate the role of the Electoral College in presidential elections. While well intentioned, it is woefully misinformed. The Electoral College and the U.S. Senate were both placed in our Constitution to protect the interests of smaller states. In that day Rhode Island and Connecticut were worried about being overrun by New York and Virginia. According to 2012 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, 51 percent of the U.S. population resides in just 9 states (in order of population): California, Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Georgia. The top 20 most populous states contain 76 pecent of the population. Minnesota ranks 21st.

If the presidential election were determined only by the “popular vote,” Minnesota and the other 29 states would effectively have no voice. My own personal preference would be to defer to the wisdom of our founding fathers. We seem to have forgotten that the purpose of the Constitution is to protect us from the government. To choose to give up any protection makes no sense.

David Greer