Series 1 | Episode 1: Electoral College

EVERYONE is talking about how the Electoral College screwed us, and for the second Republican administration in a row, ignored the popular vote. Well, there may have been a discrepancy, and while the Electoral College definitely chose the wrong person both times, there’s more to it than that. Donald Trump was elected because he got the most Electoral College votes, which are calculated every ten years based on the Census. The population of a state determines how many Electoral votes that state gets, and all but two of them (Nebraska and Maine) have an all-or-nothing format in which the person with the most popular votes gets the entire count of the Electoral College votes. Therefore, the larger the popular (like in California, New York, Texas, Florida, Ohio, and others) the more Electoral votes and the more influence your state has on the outcome of the Presidential general election.

Everyone is talking about getting rid of the Electoral College because it elected Donald Trump. However, that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Getting rid of the Electoral College would allow entire states to be ignored. States that have a small population would never sway an election voted on by the entire country. Even now, small populations get only 3 electoral votes. That’s the minimum. They deserve a voice, too. Moreover, the 2020 U.S. Census will probably give more Electoral votes to Democratic states than the 2010 Census, giving less and less influence to Republicans.

It’s clear what’s happening here: Democrats are moving. They’re huddling together in Manhattan and Cali and creating, well, some of the greatest places EVER but leaving behind states that, since they left, are now nearly 100% Republican.

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