How To Win The Presidency With 23 Percent Of The Popular Vote
- Author: Larry Hoffman Nov 04, 2016,
Nov 04, 2016, 0:03
It's that time again: time for Americans to figure out how, exactly, their presidential election works.
The Electoral College should need no justification - the Founding Fathers were pretty smart when structuring our unique republic. "Generally the Electoral College reflects the popular will".
"It's the states that decide who the president is and not the general population as a whole", says Miriam Vincent, a staff attorney at the National Archives, which acts as a liaison between the states and Congress during the electoral college process. This gives Missouri ten representatives in the Electoral College.
That's the next thing, you have the ability to have your say and presidential choice make a difference in this election, take advantage of that.
An elector has only one duty - to elect a president. To turn the vote over to unpledged electors would fly in the face of the will of the people, so they are kept to a minimum. Those electors will then vote for the candidates who got the highest popular votes in that state.
The Electoral College has 538 "electors", and the number from each state equals the number of members in its congressional delegation, with one for each member of the House plus two for the two USA senators.
The idea here is that a voter in a low-population state like Wyoming counts for a larger share of electoral votes than popular votes. If Hillary Clinton were to earn 47 percent of the popular vote in Missouri, Donald trump 39 percent with the other 7 percent going to third-party candidates, then Hillary Clinton would be awarded all ten of Missouri's electoral votes.
Well, for all of you who say that just because you hate both candidates, you just won't vote - I really hate to break it to you, but just because you personally hate them, it doesn't mean they won't be in the White House.
The Founders understood that democracy was important, but they knew that if it wasn't tempered by a republican system, majority rule could lead to tyranny. In these two states, the overall state winner takes two electoral votes and the remaining are awarded according the the victor of each congressional district. The results are announced before both Houses of Congress on January 6 - two weeks before the president-elect is sworn into office. Trump is a bigoted liar, Hillary is a corrupt liar and third-party votes don't count. While local and state governments do not receive the same attention of the national government, they still make crucial decisions. After some controversy and a Supreme Court ruling on voting in Florida, Bush was declared the victor. Instead, they'll be voting for people who will elect the next leader.
Similar to the results of SurveyMonkey electoral map, the electoral map from Sabato's Crystal Ball, run by the University of Virginia's Larry Sabato, also shows Clinton is ahead on the electoral map with 352 electoral votes, while Trump only got 173.
So, while they pick the names of the candidates they are voting for, they are actually casting their ballots for the electors in their respective states.
Rosenstiel believes we will be using popular vote by 2020. I promise you, come November 8th either Trump or Clinton is going to be named the next president of the United States, regardless if you vote. The top three candidates are considered.
There is only one way to have a voice in any of these elections or on any of these issues, and that is to vote.
And while Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein are also on the ballot, the American election is a two-horse race dominated by the country's two main parties.