Vol. 10, No. 6 – December 21, 2016 – January 3, 2017 – Mailbox

Mr. Brown,

I read your December 7 Ventura Breeze editorial with great interest today.  Thank you for taking such a reasoned and important position in opposition to the electoral college.  After seeing the electoral results on November 8 I felt deeply disenfranchised as a voting citizen.  I guess I feel like a black citizen denied the right to vote by Jim Crow laws in the 1800’s or like a woman voter before the passage of the 19th amendment.  Following the election, I have become active in supporting Senator Barbara Boxer’s proposed constitutional amendment to abolish the electoral college.  I have great concerns about our diminishing democracy.  So much so that I went to Sacramento to participate in a protest to took place on Monday, December 19 at the Capitol addressing the electoral college.

I’m hoping that this might be of interest to your readers to see what a local resident, and retired high school government teacher and educational administrator is doing in response to the challenges we face.

My position is not “Stop Trump” though I didn’t vote for him.  My position is simply that for Americans to realize a true democracy we need to elect the president the same way we elect our governors or congressional leaders, by a simple majority of the popular vote.  One citizen, one vote, one USA!

Walt Dunlop-Ventura

Dear Sheldon,

I just wanted to thank you for attempting to unravel the intricacies of “The Electoral College.” I read the Time magazine account several times and over the years I have tried to figure out exactly what it is all about, but it is still totally confusing to me. What is wrong with one person one vote? How could it be simpler? It seems to work well in every other country and it seems democratic to me.

Just look at the problems this “electoral college” is causing. How can it be right that the candidate with over two million votes over her rival loses? Seems like some kind of odd mathematics to me!

Maggie Wells

With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?
~ Oscar Wilde

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