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Faithless electors could create anarchy

Protestors demonstrate against President-elect Donald Trump outside Independence

Protestors demonstrate against President-elect Donald Trump outside Independence Hall November 13, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Republican candidate lost the popular vote by more than a million votes, but won the electoral college. Credit: Getty Images / Mark Makela

Are some people just feeling so entitled that they are really trying to persuade “faithless electors” from the Electoral College to change their vote and alter the outcome of the election? No, not some people, but a handful of elites who think that they know better than others what is good for America.

This is one of the reasons the Electoral College was formed in the first place: to prevent a handful of rich and powerful elites from destroying the democratic process [“The puzzle of the Electoral College,” Letters, Nov. 21].

Let’s assume that these people actually get their way. The result? Anarchy.

Go express your opinion. Protest. Try to obstruct Donald Trump like Republicans tried to obstruct Barack Obama. That is your right under the Constitution. You have the protected right to free speech.

You don’t like the Electoral College? I don’t either. It essentially throws up nearly impossible roadblocks to prevent a genuine third party from having a legitimate chance in a national election. But it is what it is, and that’s how this election was conducted.

Leigh Pollet, Seaford

Editor’s note: The writer is the chairman of the Reform Party of Nassau County.


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