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Letter: The Electoral College is absolutely necessary to make our votes count

Peggy Powell drops off her primary ballot at Cottonwood Heights City Hall in Cottonwood Heights on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

I am amazed when I see or hear a statement that we should abolish the Electoral College, especially from people living in Utah or many of our other less populated states. There is an article on the internet titled “319 Square Miles” that covers the primary reason why we need the Electoral College. It states that there are 3,141 counties in the U.S. and that Trump won 3,084 of them compared to 57 that Hillary Clinton won. Clinton won the popular vote of the U.S. by approximately 1.5 million votes, but just five counties in New York gave her over 2 million votes alone. This same scenario holds true for most of the big cities in the U.S., so just a few heavy populated cities could have controlled the outcome of the election without the Electoral College, and would have blocked the votes of about 95% of our country from deciding who would be our president. I want my vote and all of the votes in Utah to count just as much as the votes in New York and all other big cities.

Larry Harris

Pleasant Grove