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After a brief explanation of the recent movement to modify Electoral College functions, Mr. Brown asks: "Are the voters of this state going to be OK with that?" (Mailbag, April 29).

I, for one, will be quite happy with it. That Electoral College has deprived the American people of our choice twice in my lifetime (so far). And both times have resulted in catastrophes for this country. Not a good track record. It's a relic that desperately needs to be, if not abolished, at least marginalized. Throwing electoral votes one way or another is not throwing a state's support, or its votes, the same way. Asserting that it does is a bogus equivalency. Electoral votes are very different than popular votes.

I don't believe we are in any danger of Trump winning a popular vote victory. He has never won an election by popular vote in his entire life. Since taking office, his popularity has actually decreased — all the propaganda and "perception manipulation" by his "base" (not to mention outright lies) notwithstanding — and finally, Hillary's margin of victory, 3 million votes nationally, is a very high bar to overcome.

Bill Halsey

Albany (May 5)

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