My concern is that the Electoral College concept has taken us very far from the concept of "one person, one vote." I find it undemocratic that the winner of a presidential election is based on the popular vote per state, rather than the overall popular vote across the country.

The Electoral College had its roots in a basic concern that the actual popular vote would reflect an ill-educated, uninformed electorate and was intended as a buffer against candidates winning votes through deception (as if the populace comprises simpletons) or bribery (as if that can't happen in any system including the Electoral College). Its parallel in our history is the House of Lords, meant to temper the actions of "common people."

Just as states with very tiny populations don't want to lose power in the Senate (i.e., wind up with fewer senators than states with high populations would have), individual states are clinging to the power of the Electoral College to continue to misrepresent the will of the people as a nation.

We have had disastrous presidential elections in which the Electoral College results were quite at odds with the popular vote results. Notably, Hillary Clinton won three million more votes nationwide than her competitor, but lost the Electoral College. If we are to be a true national democracy, this system cannot continue.

 

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