- - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

On Dec. 19, the electoral college is going to cast its votes for president and vice president of the United States. This is because the Founding Fathers chose a system in which neither the president nor the vice president is elected directly by the voters. In our system, the voters vote for the electors, and the electors in turn cast their votes for these offices.

The electors are free to vote for whomever they believe most qualified. In my view, there have been many questions on the suitability of Donald Trump to be our next president. There are also issues with Hillary Clinton. Because of this, I call upon the electors to choose neither person, and instead to put their support behind another candidate.

The best path forward for the electoral college is to throw support behind a candidate whom a number of Trump-pledged electors can support: Vice President Joe Biden. As the sitting vice president, Mr. Biden is ready to immediately become president. And he is respected by both the right and left as a great statesman.

I would discourage the electors from considering either Vice President-elect Mike Pence or his Democratic challenger in the election, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia. With the divisions we face as a nation, a unified administration may be helpful in healing the country.

ADAM COPLEY

Pleasantville, Pa.


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