Deseret News
Letter to the editor

In response to Mr. Raymond Hult’s letter published on April 23, I would like to point out how the Electoral College is set up. First, each state has one elector for each of its two senators. Then, there are 435 electors (maximum set in 1929) that are determined by the population of the latest census. The seven states with the smallest populations are each guaranteed one elector. The rest of the states have one elector for every 700,000 people (approximately). The last reapportionment reduced one elector in eight states (Iowa, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania) plus two each in New York and Ohio.

Six states (Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington) each gained one elector while Florida gained two electors and Texas added four electors. The Electoral College was set up so the most populous states would not have absolute control of elections. However, even the Electoral College is “weighted” in favor of population, 435 versus 100. We do not need to abolish the Electoral College. States' rights do matter.

Tom Godfrey

Salt Lake City