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Letter to the Editor: 15 August 2019, Popular Vote article, rebuttal
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DON’T BE MISLED! The Colorado National Popular Vote (one of the reasons Republicans, Independents and Democrats are signing a petition to recall Governor Polis) is indeed an END-RUN around the U.S. Constitution!

What is the Electoral College? Our Founding Fathers inserted Article 2 into the U.S. Constitution to grant the power to elect the president and vice president to the states through the Electoral College system.

Why did our Founding Fathers develop the Electoral College? To be brutally honest, the Founding Fathers gave the American public of their day little credit for political awareness when it came to selecting the president. Here is one of many telling statements from the Constitutional Convention of 1787. "A popular election in this case is radically vicious. The ignorance of the people would put it in the power of some one set of men dispersed through the Union, and acting in concert, to delude them into any appointment." — Delegate Gerry, July 25, 1787

In todays political arena it is the high population centers that are the “one set of men” Delegate Gerry was talking about that would be electing the President. The Electoral College helps give rural states with lower populations an equal voice. If the popular vote alone decided elections, the presidential candidates would rarely visit those states or consider the needs of rural residents in their policy platforms (just as Governor Polis is doing today). Due to the Electoral College process, candidates must get votes from multiple states—large and small—thus helping to ensure that the president will address the needs of the entire country.

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