Candidates have won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College.
By Caleb Stuart
I think our country has a big problem. That problem is, of course, the Electoral College. Don’t worry. I’m not writing this because I am one of those people that think Hillary Clinton should have won. I respect the process of our elections, but I do believe that we should abolish the Electoral College that decides our president.
The Electoral College was originally created so that educated, rich, white males could make an educated choice as to who the president should be. However, currently everyone has the option to “vote” for president. I put vote in quotations for a reason. You don’t really have a say as to who becomes president. If a candidate loses a state by two votes, than all of the electors are supposed to cast their votes to the other candidate, no matter what. However, electors can become faithless and cast their vote to whoever they want. If they do, the fee is very minimal. To a politician, a minimal fee is next to nothing.
Our Electoral College has failed us five times, dating back to when John Quincy Adams beat Andrew Jackson in 1824. Most recently, Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton, even though Trump lost the popular vote by more than two million voters. Nobody knows how different our country could be.
“We shouldn’t get rid of it, it gives opportunity to the smaller states and allows them to have a vote and say in the choosing of the president during the election,” sophomore Bryan Dickson said. What about the two million voters who feel that their vote doesn’t count? “I think that the electoral college is important to give smaller states a say in the election,” Mr. Timothy Titzer said. With the Electoral College system, all a candidate needs to do is win the eleven largest states. How does your vote feel now Rhode Island?
But really, the idea that the Electoral College gives smaller states more power is completely false. Smaller States like Rhode Island (four votes) still have less power than California (55 votes). Then there’s the argument that people in Rhode Island will feel that their vote will not count as much as the people who vote in California. My answer to that is simple: everyone’s vote counts one time. We tally up the votes and the person with the most votes wins.
I know I went on a bit of a rant, but I think that the people of America have the right to have their voices heard. It is my deep belief that the Electoral College does not provide that basic right, and I believe that it needs to be abolished.