What You Can Do To Change The Electoral College

Posted: Nov 10 2016, 7:34am CST | by , in News | Latest Political News

 
What You Can Do To Change the Electoral College
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The nation is starting to get back to normal after Donald Trump's stunning defeat of Hillary Clinton. She has officially conceded and he has started to work with President Obama on a (hopefully) peaceful transition.

So where do we go from here? For many in fact, the majority of us, this isn't what people wanted. Donald Trump lost the popular vote, but he won the Electoral College, which makes him the President. This isn't the first time it has happened. In fact, Donald Trump will be the fifth president to win the presidency without winning the popular vote.

The "problem" is that each state has a certain number of electoral votes. What this means is that a small number of electoral votes can actually represent a larger group of people because of the way population shifts. We don't change these numbers all that often.

For example, Wyoming gets one electoral vote per 143,000 people. California gets one per 500,000 people. There are more people in Wisconsin, but they get the same amount of electoral votes as Minnesota.

Now, people are inspired to make a change.

We can't officially dismantle the Electoral College. It was established by the electoral college and has to go through the House and the Senate which, especially this time, would likely vote it down. Thirty-eight states would also have to agree.

There is another way to do it through the states along. If the states that possessed 270 electoral votes together, which is the magic number needed to win, came together and fought to get rid of it, then we could move on. So far, 10 states have signed on the National Popular Vote Compact, including: Hawaii, New York, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maryland, Massachusetts, Washington, New Jersey, Illinois, and California. Together, they have 165 electoral votes.

You can write to your state legislators to make it known that you want to support national popular vote legislation. Don't be dissuaded if you are in a Republican state, as they too aren't all thrilled with this presidency.

Going forward, this is going to happen again and again. Democrats have won the popular vote in six of the last seven presidential elections. In a tightly divided country, this will always be problems.

Remember that nothing will change for the better unless we work for it. Whether you supported Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, we can all agree that this hatefulness and feeling of desperation cannot happen every four years.

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