A recent letter discussed the results of the 2016 election being flawed, because Clinton "won the popular vote by a margin of several million votes" ("Letter: Electoral College system must go," July 8). The writer, and others, would submit to the rule of a system of democratic voting that places the entire country at the mercy of two states: California and New York.

What the writer does not mention or maybe does not even know, is that 85 percent of the counties in the United States voted for President Trump. What he also does not understand, in my opinion, is that this country is a republic that has survived for 241 years, based on a Constitution written with great foresight and knowledge of the human condition.

The Electoral College is designed to balance the system of selection of the president, where states with lesser populations can equalize their votes against states with very large populations. Los Angeles County, for example, has a greater population that 10 other states; one county. So, what the writer wants is to subject his vote and his life to the whims of the masses in states with a much higher population density. The Electoral College was designed to counterbalance this statistical advantage.

The Electoral College is a system for electing the president designed specifically to reflect the weight of those represented by the elected body in Congress, not the general public. The election of the president should represent the country as a whole, not just a very significant and densely populated geographic area, no matter where it is. 

In my opinion, either you are an American, or you are not. Either you understand and believe in the Constitution and its tenets, or you do not. If you do not, then my suggestion is that you leave the United States and move to Cuba or Venezuela and see if you can live freely under a statist system, instead of under a constitutional republic. 

Bernard P. Giroux

Dartmouth