Messenger In the days following the presidential election, many pundits and voters alike were stunned by the disparity between the popular vote, which went for Hillary Clinton, and the Electoral College, which favored Donald Trump. What are these weights, and how can we best compare them? Most people believe the Electoral College weighs ballots in states with large populations much less than those in small states.
That is part of its purpose, but another part is to weight less populated areas more heavily, so their votes stand a chance against population centers.
I was listening to someone the other day make the case that the fix is to end the "winner take all" aspect of the Electoral College, which is sketched out in this article: Under the system of the Electoral College each state had the same number of electoral votes as they have representative in Congress, thus no state could have less then 3.
The result of this system is that in this election the state of Wyoming cast aboutvotes, and thus each elector represented 70, votes, while in California approximately 9, votes were cast for 54 votes, thus representingvotes per electorate.
Obviously this creates an unfair advantage to voters in the small states whose votes actually count more then those people living in medium and large states.
One aspect of the electoral system that is not mandated in the constitution is the fact that the winner takes all the votes in the state. Therefore it makes no difference if you win a state by This can be a recipe for one individual to win some states by large pluralities and lose others by small number of votes, and thus this is an easy scenario for one candidate winning the popular vote while another winning the electoral vote.
This winner take all methods used in picking electors has been decided by the states themselves. This trend took place over the course of the 19th century.It should be noted here that, according to the National Archives, more than 99% of the time electors have voted as instructed and no elector has ever been prosecuted or punished for failing to vote in accordance with the popular vote of their respective states.
The map above shows the county level and vote share results of the US Presidential Election.
The darker the blue the more a county went for Hilary Clinton and the darker the red the more the county went for Donald Trump.
This map helps explain why Trump was able to win, despite winning over yes, what you are posing is rediculous. I personally make a lot of money and much more than the average American but it is the small minded people like yourselves that don’t realize the folks that are indeed hard working individuals who contribute to society but simply don’t make enough income to contribute to the tax system.
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The electoral split between Northern and. Dec 13, · There have been attempts to get rid of the Electoral College over the years, but barring a massive change of heart by Republicans, the Electoral College is here to stay.
But it is important to Author: Joshua Spivak. The electoral college is also part of compromises made at the convention to satisfy the small states.
Under the system of the Electoral College each state had the same number of electoral votes as they have representative in Congress, thus no state could have less then 3.