I would first like to thank Larry Klink of Auburn (“1972 facts cited were wrong,” Reader Input, Sept. 16) for his correcting my letter which was in error on the 1972 Nixon and McGovern election (“Politics destroys friendships,” Reader Input, Sept. 14). The number of popular votes was in error as the “The Presidents Fact Book” listed them incorrectly. That publication, by (Roger) Matuz, dated 2004 also stated that the same info is on file with the Library of Congress. From now on I will consult Google. Again Thanks Larry.
However, I still say the vote is not at all sacred as the electoral vote always will override the people.
The election of 1824 was a real snafu as Andrew Jackson was the winner in both the electoral vote and the popular vote. He won the electoral vote by 15 and the popular vote by 448,000. The rules differed at that time and the House of Representatives in all of their infinite wisdom gave the election to John Q. Adams.
The election of 1876 was another time when the popular vote lost out as Hayes won over Tilden by one (1) electoral vote while Tilden received 448,000 more popular votes.
And, of course, we all recall the election of 2000 when George (W.) Bush won with 271 electoral votes to Gore’s 266 while Gore had over 500,000 more popular votes. Again, thanks to Larry Klink for getting me squared away.
Paul T. McDaniel, Auburn