Before we even head down the road of analyzing our Electoral College system, let’s get one thing straight – America is NOT a democracy, it is a republic.
We often hear our politicians speak about spreading “American democracy” throughout the world, which is kind of odd being that we ourselves are not even a democracy.
And within our republic (again, not a democracy) if you think all votes are equal, you are profoundly mistaken.
As you know, each individual state has a pre-determined number of Electoral College votes. The winner of the popular vote within each individual state collects all electoral votes allocated to that state.
There are two key areas of concern with this type of system:
- Many citizen’s votes and voices are suppressed completely because if they happen to vote for the candidate that does not win their individual state, the other candidate collects ALL of the electoral votes for the state, thus rendering their vote and their voice worthless in the total vote tally.
- Our current Electoral College system places a much higher value on the votes of certain Americans over others.
Let’s just focus on one region of the country – the Southeast.
Georgia has a population of 10.52 million and has 15 Electoral College votes allocated to the state.
That works out to 1 Electoral vote for per every 701,333 residents of the state.
Mississippi has 6 Electoral College votes allocated to the state with a population of 2.98 million citizens. That works out to one Electoral vote for per every 497,833 residents of the state.
What this essentially means is that a person’s vote in Mississippi is 41% more valuable than a person living in Georgia due to the number of Electoral College votes given per the population of the state.
What could possibly make the opinion of a citizen of Mississippi 41% more valuable than the opinions of people living in states such as Georgia or Tennessee?
Using the same Electoral College vote per capita model, what makes the opinion of a resident of Alabama 17% more valuable than that of a resident of Tennessee?
And what on earth could possibly be the reason why a resident of Florida would have a vote a whopping 57% less valuable than a resident of Arkansas?
This would almost be laughable if it were not completely true.
Our election system is actually the furthest possible thing from a democracy as we are placing a much higher value on the votes of certain citizens versus others.
This is also why we currently have a situation where the elected president received almost 5 million fewer votes than his competitor.
Want to know why we have such division in this country and why so many people seem to be against Donald Trump?
Well, one of the main reasons is that so many people actually are against Donald Trump. Far more Americans voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, which means that a majority of the country now has a president whom they did not vote for.
This is a textbook case of minority rule, which has never worked out well throughout the history of the world.
Our system needs to change.
We are all Americans. And no American should hold a vote any more valuable than another, let alone continuing with a system that gives one American a vote up to 57% more valuable than another.
This is not opinion, these are actual facts.
These are the actual state populations and the actual Electoral College votes allocated to each state.
So if you think this is some kind of whacky opinion piece, it is not, because it is not an opinion at all.
It is simply stating the facts, and if those facts happen to demonstrate that we have a truly whacky election system in our country, so be it.
I go where the facts take me.