Keep it or replace it? Electoral College remains controversial

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito says present system should remain

(AP Photo/David Goldman)

BOSTON (WWLP) – President-elect Donald Trump won the election, despite losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton. The United States’ indirect method of selecting the president, the Electoral College, is controversial, and some officials are calling for an end to it.

The Electoral College was created almost 230 years ago, when the Constitution was written. Under the system, the president is elected based upon the winner of the majority of electors- the current majority being 270. Electors are allocated to each state based upon the number of members of Congress that state has (Washington, D.C., which does not have any voting members of Congress, is also allocated three electors).

Following this election, some voters want to do away with the system and use the popular vote instead. Still, the Electoral College has its supporters. Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito says she likes the system, because it gives smaller states more of a voice.

“It appears to work, and it’s my view that it needs to continue to be the process that decides future elections for our country,” Polito said.

Common Cause Massachusetts is pushing for a National Popular Vote Compact, which would require states to award their electors to the candidate that won the nationwide popular vote.