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Letter: If Utah wants a say in presidential elections, the Electoral College is a must

Voters complete their ballots on voting machines during Election Day at Vivint SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.
Yukai Peng, Deseret News

The founders of our national government were experienced men who understood human values and tendencies. When they formed our national government, they represented 13 individual states, each with its own needs and ways of handling internal affairs. They united together for mutual protection, to handle interstate and other issues outlined in the Constitution.

To ensure fair representation for each state and its people, the government was formed with a House of Representatives from each state, each representative representing approximately the same number of people, and a Senate with two senators from each state. The Senate was done this way to prevent the four populous states from overwhelming and dictating government policies to the other nine states. Without this protection, the votes and voices of people in small states (then Georgia, Delaware, New Jersey and even New York) would’ve had little influence in national issues.

The only nationwide elected federal government officers are the president and the vice president. To minimize the impact of a few big states from dominating and controlling the election of these offices, each state casts votes for president and vice president based on their number of senators and representatives in Congress. Yes, it is still biased toward the big states with their big House delegation, but it has worked for over 200 years.

Elimination of the Electoral College would allow the most populous counties to elect the president. There are enough people in 100 counties, all in metro areas around New York City, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco, to control the election of the U.S. president regardless of how the rest of the country votes. Utah would have absolutely no impact on the election — ever. Is this what we want?

Steve Jones

Nephi