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Reader's view: Electoral College reduces effects of voter fraud

A Minnesota blogger wrote last month: "Doesn't mean anything that you get the majority when it's rigged for electoral votes. We really need to do away with that system."The blogger meant: Do away with the Electoral College.That would be an extrem...

A Minnesota blogger wrote last month: “Doesn’t mean anything that you get the majority when it’s rigged for electoral votes. We really need to do away with that system.”
The blogger meant: Do away with the Electoral College.
That would be an extremely bad idea.
When we talk about “rigging,” election fraud has been documented from before our Revolution - and ever since. Whatever the original intent of founding the Electoral College, it now serves mostly, and very importantly, to compartmentalize election fraud.
Election fraud is, of course, illegal. A few states are notorious for election fraud. A fraudulent result in one state would not now affect the result in others, and an investigation would be limited to that one state.
Now suppose a presidential election was to be decided purely by the total vote. All fraud in all states would be included in the total. And, of course, all the political crooks would know this in advance and try to take advantage of it.
Suppose a presidential election resulted in a difference of 1,000 votes or 10,000 votes or even 1 million votes and that there were claims of election fraud in five or maybe 15 or even 20 states. How could even well-intentioned officials figure this all out to the satisfaction of most citizens? The very idea is insane. Civil war would be possible.
Any notion of honest people wanting to eliminate the Electoral College is wildly ignorant of reality.
Bill Rees
Duluth

 

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