- - Friday, April 25, 2014

“Blue states try raiding Electoral College” (Web, April 23) illustrates the political naivete of liberals regarding presidential politics.

In 2000, out of more than 100 million votes cast, Al Gore received 547,000 (0.51 percent) more votes than George W. Bush. Mr. Gore received 3,002,000 more votes than Mr. Bush from New York and California combined.

If the National Popular Vote scheme had been in effect, it would not have been difficult for the Bush campaign to spend time and money in Republican areas of states such as California, New York or Illinois to make up the 0.51 percent popular vote deficit.

The current Electoral College system overvalues electors from small states. This is a problem for the Democrats, because most small states vote Republican. Each state is entitled to one elector for each congressional district and for the two senators. The three electors from Alaska each represent a population of only 237,000. In California, each of the 55 electors represents a population of 702,000.

The system America has used for 225 years to elect presidents works on many levels. Candidates must campaign in swing states both large and small. I call this the education of the president. After spending months and years listening to voters from the rural towns of Maine to the big cities of California, the campaigning politician understands that America is made up of one person’s dreams and aspirations — multiplied millions of times.

When the next president takes the oath of office in January 2017, we want him to look out over the thousands of Americans on the National Mall and recall our motto: “E pluribus unum.”

ED NICHOLS

Montgomery Village