The Electoral College formally met on Monday and officially selected President-elect Trump to serve as the next President of the United States. This was no surprise despite efforts of many on the left to attempt to influence electors and calls for abandoning the electoral college altogether.
The Electoral College was created to ensure that the most populous states would not hold a monopoly in selecting the president. It awards electors in a similar fashion as the number of congressional members each state has.
The result is that the largest states cannot select a president on their own. An election winner must reach out to all Americans, not just those who happen to live in large cities or more populous states.
But the New York Times does not agree with the fairness of this system, or do they?
The Times published an editorial calling for an end to the electoral college. Instead, they advocate a system whereby states would appoint all their electors to vote for the winner of the national popular vote. This would, in effect, negate the power of the electoral college altogether. The Times called the electoral college an “antiquated mechanism” and “unfair.”
They claimed that this is not a new stance for the Times but that the paper has argued for abandoning the electoral college for 80 years. The problem is that is not true. On Tuesday, the Times quietly published a correction.
“An earlier version f this editorial incorrectly stated that the editorial board has been opposed to the Electoral College going back 80 years. It failed to note an exception: in 2000, the board defended the college after the election of George W. Bush.”
In 2000, the Times had published another editorial entitled “The Case for the Electoral College.”
“The Electoral College was first and foremost a compact among states, large and small, designed to ensure that one state or one region did not dominate the others,” the 2000 editorial stated. “The system has survived earlier instances in which the winner of the popular vote was denied the presidency. Wise voters and legislators will want to make sure that it survives this one as well.”
The Electoral College was created to ensure fairness for all Americans not just those in certain geographic areas. Doing away with it would take away the voting power for millions of Americans. So let’s do as the Times suggested in 2000 and make sure the electoral college survives this election season just as it has others for more than 200 years.
Source: The New York Times