Democrats have been enraged since the 2016 presidential election. In the month since the election, Democrats have blamed everyone and everything from white supremacists, fake news, Russian hacking and believe it or not, even voter fraud. But one thing has been consistent in their tantrums, the sudden belief that the electoral college is “outdated.”
Ultimately it comes down to blaming the electoral college for Hillary Clinton’s defeat at the hands of Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. In 2008 the left had no issues with the electoral college and neither in 2012, so what changed? Well, their candidate lost and they can’t cope with it.
So what is the electoral college? From archives.gov –
“The Electoral College is a process, not a place. The founding fathers established it in theConstitution as a compromise between election of the President by a vote in Congress and election of the President by a popular vote of qualified citizens.
The Electoral College process consists of the selection of the electors, the meeting of the electors where they vote for President and Vice President, and the counting of the electoral votes by Congress.
The Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President. Your state’s entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member of the House of Representatives plus two for your Senators.”
Basically what it amounts to is that the electoral college process is in place to ensure that only a handful of major cities aren’t the only votes that count in any given presidential election. This means that while a candidate may end up with a higher popular vote, usually stemming from only one or two cities, they may not end up winning the election. So how is this possible?
Since each state is assigned a certain number of electoral votes (electors), while a candidate may end up with a larger number of votes because of their overall population, another candidate can win the overall majority of the states and win the election. Again, this ensures that the individual votes from the entire state of North Dakota (pop: 739,482) carry the same weight as just the votes from Los Angeles (pop: 3.971 million). Otherwise, cities like L.A., N.Y., Chicago and only a couple others, would decide the presidential election every time. This has become glaringly obvious this year.
While Donald Trump won the election by way of electoral votes, Hillary Clinton has beat him by more than 2 million in popular votes. This is almost exclusively due to southern California. While all 55 of California’s electoral votes were awarded to Clinton, she was really only popular in the southern half of the state. It just so happens that southern California is home to quite possibly the highest concentration of Democrat voters in the country. So concentrated in fact, without California, Clinton would have lost the popular vote by more than 2 million votes. That is a 4 million vote swing and the exact reason for the electoral college.
It is somewhat surprising that the party of “everyone should be treated equally,” is so against everyone being treated equally.