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July 12, 2008

RE "The push for a popular vote" by Scot Lehigh (Op-ed, July 9): I've never voted for a Republican presidential candidate, and disagree with nearly all national Republican policies, but I sincerely believe Republican voters in Massachusetts deserve to have their votes for president be meaningful.

Our state always votes overwhelmingly for the Democratic presidential candidate, and under the current way Electoral College votes are awarded, the votes of those in Massachusetts who support the Republican candidate are in effect made meaningless.

The constitutionally valid interstate compact approach, in which all of a state's electoral votes would go to the winner of the nationwide popular vote, is the most democratic way to make all votes count, without having to undertake the massive effort to amend the Constitution to remove the Electoral College.

Anyone who believes in the principle of "every vote counts" can't ignore the reality that in many states, this is a fallacy under the currently simplistic and undemocratic winner-take-all Electoral College system.

Our Democratic-controlled Legislature and our governor should wholeheartedly back the effort to add Massachusetts to the interstate popular vote pool.

DAVID MACK
Groton

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