With the crazy events that happened on November 8th, we are seeing even crazier posts on social media. One such thing is how people are signing a petition directed towards the members of the Electoral College to elect Hilary Clinton as president. The majority of these people saying to abolish the Electoral College, or those who are calling on it to completely ignore the results of the election, I think, are people whom are very misinformed.
First, to change who wins the election based off of the popular vote, because of a petition no less, sends the completely wrong message to the world, and also completely undermines our electoral process. Many, many people think we live in a democracy. This, is wrong. We are a Federal Republic, because of, well, the Electoral College.
The Electoral College was and is absolutely genius. Our forefathers thought of a way to make sure that we remain united as states when it comes time to elect a president. The reason why I think the Electoral College is so genius, is because of how it gives states that are less populous still a significant say in an election. It keeps the voting proportional, as opposed to allowing the most populus states only having a say that affects the entire country.
I know a common argument against the Electoral College is that when states elect their governor, it is one vote per person, and whomever accumulates the most votes wins. That is an absolutely stellar approach when it comes to one state. Whomever Massachusetts elects for governor does not impact who North Dakota elects. However, when we talk about the president, the states with less people need to have a proportionally equal say in who the leader of the free world will be.
The Constitution says, in Article II, Section I, Clause 2, “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress.”
So lets break that down. California has 55 electoral votes. It has a population of 38.8 million people. That breaks down to 705,454 persons per electoral vote. Now lets take a look at North Dakota. They get three electoral votes and it has a population of 739,482 (thank you Google). Therefore, each electoral vote in that state represents 246,494 persons. So what just happened there is it makes the election all proportional to population. It only will take 246,000 people in North Dakota to get one vote while it would take Cali 740,000 people to get one vote. Because Cali has so many more people it should take more people to require a single vote. Whereas if we went off of the popular vote, those 740,000 people in Cali easily dwarf the 246,000 in North Dakota. Essentially North Dakota with their 740,000 people, have become voiceless because of California’s 38 million vastly outweighs them.
As stated before, our CONSTITUTION establishes this thing that people are signing a petition to abolish. It is law. It takes more than a petition of people, who more likely than not, don’t understand the importance of the Electoral College, to abolish something that is laid out in our founding document.
I get that people are upset Clinton lost to Trump, but please refer to my earlier post and Pat’s post. We, the people, are to blame for what happened. Because you can’t accept the results, doesn’t mean you can go trying to undermine something that has been around since the establishment of our nation. Stop trying to undermine the democratic process that occurs every four years on the first Tuesday of November. Accept the facts. Accept loss. It builds character.
If I started a petition for every time I didn’t get my way, I think I would have a room full of half filled out petitions. What happened has happened. It is foolish to think that we should abolish something that keeps us the United States of America. If you want states to face secession from the Union, then by all means, let’s go ahead and get rid of the Electoral College. Let’s go ahead and become Europe with countries the size of Texas or even smaller.
But if you want to remain United, let’s go ahead and stop trying to petition the one thing that makes us so unique to other nations.