Omitting wordage on the vice president, here's what the U.S. Constitution provides on electing the President: Article II "Section 1. He [the President] shall . . . be elected, as follows: "Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors . . . Article XII [Twelfth Amendment] "The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President . . . they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President . . . and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President . . . and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate . . ." Now, disregarding other provisions of the U.S. and Louisiana Constitutions, it may sound like the Legislature itself could just have a lottery among the members of its majority party and appoint presidential electors that way. Or, sell those "offices" of electors to the highest bidders. But the Louisiana Constitution itself has something to say about what the role of the Legislature is, and it is certainly questionable whether part of that role is setting up a system which produces no actual "number of electors" and mocks the 12th Amendment's provisions on how those electors are to proceed. Be all that as it may, don't expect Louisiana's politicos to applaud the idea of proportional representation, as found in Maine and Nebraska.

Foye Lowe

retired lawyer

Baton Rouge