As Americans, we believe strongly in a democratic government where all people have a voice and if eligible, their vote is equal to everyone else’s. Because we vote for people to represent us in Senate and Congress, our voting system is a blurry line between a republic and a representative democracy.
When everyone votes, the presidential candidate with the most votes is known to have received the popular vote, but this does not end the voting process. To finish it, we use a system called the Electoral College, which means each state is allocated a number of electors that will make the final choice. A state has the same number of electors as it does senators and representatives. Most of the time, the Electoral College will vote along with the popular vote and that presidential ticket (the presidential candidate and vice presidential candidate running for that specific party) will win.
However, in the past 16 years, the Electoral College has chosen a presidential ticket against the popular vote. This includes our current president, Donald Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence.
The people of the United States of America voted for Hillary Clinton, winning over the Republican candidate by more than 2.8 million votes. Alas, the Electoral College has the power to disregard the popular vote. It’s time to demand change.
Technology has changed the world around us immensely since 1787, yet we’ve been using the same system for 232 years. If you believe your vote should matter, speak up against the Electoral College