Presidential electors


Richard Robles, in his Jan. 16 column, Puerto Ricans, others still denied full voting rights, decries the fact that Puerto Ricans cannot vote for president, as though it is a form of discrimination.

Robles has to read the U.S. Constitution, which does not give any citizen the right to vote for president. It simply gives each state the right to choose a number of electors (based on the number of senators and representatives in Congress). Nowadays all states allow citizens to vote for these electors, even though originally the state legislatures chose the electors.

These electors are the only ones who are able to legally cast votes for president when the Electoral College meets in December. Since Puerto Rico, as a territory, doesn’t have any senators or representatives, its residents are not entitled to select any electors. Any change in this system requires a constitutional amendment.

Herbert Goldsmith, Pembroke Pines

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