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Letter: Correct math

Too many people are mistakenly claiming that if Evan McMullin wins Utah instead of Donald Trump, that helps put Hillary Clinton in the White House. Mathematically, that's actually impossible.

Here's how the Electoral College works. The winner isn't whoever gets "more" electoral votes, it's whoever gets "more than half" (at least 270). If Evan McMullin wins Utah instead of Trump, that has absolutely zero effect on Clinton's electoral vote total. Clinton is blocked from getting Utah's six electoral votes either way, no matter if Trump or McMullin wins Utah. Her electoral vote total is the same either way, as are her chances of winning.

There are only three possible scenarios if Evan McMullin wins Utah:

Scenario No. 1: Clinton has at least 270. That means that she wins no matter what. It doesn't matter if McMullin wins Utah.

Scenario No. 2: Trump has at least 270 without winning Utah. That means that he wins no matter what. It doesn't matter if McMullin wins Utah.

Scenario No. 3: Trump needs Utah to get 270. The only way that happens is if Clinton has 268 votes or fewer (because there are only 538 total). So, if McMullin wins Utah in this scenario, BOTH Trump and Clinton are blocked from getting 270. Then the Republican-controlled House of Representatives would decide.

None of these scenarios gives an advantage to Clinton.

Jason Allred

Lafayette, Indiana