Why We Use the Electoral College. And Why it is Important.
The Founding Fathers got this right.
Established by our Founding Fathers in order to protect rural states, the Constitution assigns each state a number of “electors” equal to the combined total of the state’s Senate and House of Representatives delegations. House of Representatives are designated by population, which gives more populated states more electoral votes, but does not unfairly leave out rural areas. At present, the number of electors per state ranges from three to 54, for a total of 538.
The popular vote in each state gives all the assigned electoral votes to that one candidate.
Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in only 19 out of 50 states. She only won the popular vote nationwide by 230,055.
New York and California were won overwhelmingly by Clinton. In California a total of 8,739,715 votes were cast. 5,488,261 of those votes were for Hillary Clinton.
The total number of votes cast in the States of Alabama and Tennessee and Arkansas was 5,320,766.
In the 2016 election, the number of votes passed in California, only for Clinton, were more than the TOTAL votes cast for ALL candidates in Tennessee, Alabama, and Arkansas COMBINED!
Here is the problem. If you look at the popular vote alone, it gives the “big city” the power of the vote and leaves the rest of the country out. Should the big cities in liberal states be determining who the President is over the farmers, rural areas, and great states that don’t have large cities with millions of people in them? No.
Of those 5.3 million votes cast in Alabama, Tennessee and Arkansas, 3.3 million were for Donald Trump. Yes, he won those states and 31 other states overwhelmingly.
If we did not have the Electoral College, the voters in California and New York would determine who our President is, leaving many of the states without large cities with no voice at all.
The Electoral College, electing our president using electoral votes rather than popular votes gives a voice to rural America, gives a voice to smaller states, and it gives a voice to the heartland.
If the facts are used, and not emotional conjecture, there is no argument to be made for getting rid of the Electoral College.
California alone should not be allowed to elect the President of the United States. That would be likely if the United States elected our President based on the popular vote.