Electoral College is a fundamental part of democracy in our republic

Letters to the Editor


To the editor:

It is unfortunate that an elected official at any level of government in the United States should have a misunderstanding of civics as basic as the distinction between “democracy” and “representative government” as Green Park Alderman Michael Broughton shows in his Nov. 19 letter.

Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines democracy as “a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections.”

Yes, the United States is a democracy in which power is invested in the people, but our Constitution defines the terms of that democracy as a representative republic.

It also vests the vast majority of control not to the people of the United States, but to the people of the individual states.

That is why we have a House of Representatives elected by citizens of each state. That is why we have senators elected by the states.

And that is why we have a president elected by the states, i.e. the Electoral College.

A president elected by popular vote would not hold to the basic structure of our government outlined in the United States Constitution.

I encourage everyone, especially those seeking elected office, to read James Madison’s Federalist No. 10 in which he defends the formation of a republic over that of a simple democracy.

The Electoral College protects the citizens of the United States from the tyranny of the majority.

Marty Schmidt
Sunset Hills