Jonathan Eckstein's Letter to the Editor in the New York Times
This letter was written in response to a letter published a week
earlier. That letter claimed that the USA needs to retain the
electoral college to prevent larger-scale version of the 2000 Florida
election mess. In my letter, I'm trying to say that such an argument is not
In a Dec. 3 letter a writer raises the specter of a national recount
-- the present Florida mess replayed on a nationwide scale -- in
defense of the electoral college system.
While such a situation would indeed be worse than the kind of
one-state dispute we are in now, a simple popular vote system would
also make it significantly less likely to occur. Improvement and
standardization of voting procedures and technology, which are long
overdue, would further reduce the probability of such a nightmare.
We could then get back to the real issue: one person, one vote.