The phrase “One man, one vote” is a phrase from the universal suffrage movements that have occurred throughout countries that have declared themselves democracies for the last century. The real idea behind it is if you’re an adult in your country then you should have a say in your country’s future.
I’ve disliked the electoral college since I could start to understand the basics of politics. But this election I’m finding more insulting. A recent count by the Cook’sPolitical Report shows Hillary Clinton had almost 2 million more votes than our current president elect. So, 2 million more Americans chose a different leadership than the way we choose our leadership. How does that make sense?
When it comes to dividing the United States into the power of Congress (2 from each state for Senate and dividing each state into 435 seats for the House of Reps by population), I agree. But for the leader of the country, we need the popular vote. So why not have it? The president elect himself even declared on his own twitter account that he would have won the popular vote if he had campaigned in states that heavily went to Hillary Clinton. So why not make it that way? Why make it so only a few states opinions are important? Are we a United States or are we controlled by the few?
Let’s think of things mathematically (since I love math):
The population estimate of California in July of 2015 (wikipedia) was slightly above 39 million and CA had 55 votes. The population estimate of Wyoming in July of 2015 was slightly less than 600 thousand and WY had 3 votes. So basically for every 709 thousand voters in California a single vote towards the presidency was applied. In Wyoming, for every 200,000 voters a single vote for the presidency applied. In other words the voice of the voter in the least populated state in the US had more say than the most populated stated in the US.
There’s more to this issue that I won’t bring up. But my question for the future fight for both the right and left is this: if the current president elect won the electoral college… why did more Americans vote against him?