Country should embrace popular vote

To the Journal editor:

The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It would make every vote for president equal throughout the United States. It would guarantee that every voter in every state matters in every presidential election.

The shortcomings of the current system of electing the president stem from “winner-take-all” laws that have been enacted at the state level. These laws award 100 percent of a state’s electoral votes to the candidate receiving the most popular votes in each state.

Because of these state winner-take-all laws, five of our 45 presidents (including two of the last three) have come into office without having won the most popular votes nationwide.

MARY O’NEILL

Presque Isle, Michigan