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March 25, 2009 at 1:10 PM

Electoral College challenge

Call for a national debate

The electoral college has moderated and stabilized our politics for more than 200 years, protecting little America from total steamrollering by politically homogeneous urban centers.

It has also forced national politicians to listen to a wide variety of views, rather than just “preaching to the choir” in their favorite large cities.

SB 5599, which the House State Government & Tribal Affairs Committee will hear on March 26, is an end run around what should require a constitutional amendment. Instead of braving the amendment route, they are trying to sneak an unprecedented interstate agreement through state legislatures.

It is really unfair to change an American institution like the electoral college without a national debate. These legislators know very few people have the time to study and carefully consider an issue like this. Sneaking it through state legislatures is acting under cover of darkness. Its cowardly.

— Kay Buccola, Woodinville

College, not middle school

The House will now be deliberating on whether to radically change the way we elect our president by entering into the National Popular Vote interstate compact — essentially doing away with the Electoral College and replacing it with a national popular vote (some call this the “electoral middle school”).

The Electoral College should be kept. It has served us well for 200-plus years.

— John F. Derrig, Bellevue

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