The Electoral College—Keep it, or Abolish it?

Craig Huey Culture Wars, Government, Congress, and Politics 4 Comments

I’ve received a lot of letters from confused and frustrated readers.

  • What is the Electoral College?
  • Can Trump be robbed of his election win through the Electoral College?
  • Should we abolish it?

So let’s take a look.

For sure, Donald Trump will be our next President.

He won a clear majority of Electoral College votes: 306 vs. 232

But critics are slamming the outcome because Hillary Clinton has won more of the popular vote, or more individual votes from voters all across the country.

Most Americans are still a little unclear about the Electoral College, why it exists, and why it’s important to our republican form of government.

Notice that I did not write “democracy”, since the Framers of our Constitution purposely created a republic, not a democracy. The key reason is that a constitutional republic protects the rights of minorities from a tyrannical majority.

The Framers wanted to ensure a system in which small states as well as large states would have an influence in the Presidential election.

The truth is, when every voter goes to the polls, he is not directly electing the President and the Vice-President, but rather a slate of electors to vote for President in Washington DC on December 19th.

This whole process is spelled out in the United States Constitution.

Candidates select a slate of electors from within each state. Federal elected officials and government employees are barred from serving as electors, so as to avoid conflicts of interest among electors when casting their votes. When the candidate wins the primary for that state, the slate he assembled will then become his electors in the general election—if he wins his party’s nomination.

 

If the candidate in turn wins the general election, his slate of electors will vote for him in the Electoral College vote in December.

Despite outspoken critics of the process, including the retiring US Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California), the Electoral college is here to stay, to ensure a representative, republican form of government.

The Framers designed the Electoral College for the following reasons:

  • To protect minority rights from mob rule.
  • To ensure not just majority wins, but moderate majorities.
  • To force candidates to visit different states and form broad coalitions.

The Electoral College also guards against voter fraud, since criminal elements have to target key swing states to sway the final outcome, which is very difficult to do.

If a national popular vote serves as the final determinant for president, candidates would only visit highly concentrated urban centers while ignoring small states completely. Presidential candidates would ignore New Hampshire, Iowa, and even Hawaii, but would concentrate their time and resources in California and New York, and specifically in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City.

Shouldn’t the President of the United States respect and represent all Americans?

To learn more about the Electoral College and its importance, click below:

Did you learn anything new about our political system which you had not known before? Let me know what you think. Email me at [email protected].

 

 

Comments 4

  1. I have to say that I am thoroughly confused about this electoral college and popular vote system–I don’t know what they all mean. But I do understand that the Democrats are furious that Donald Trump won the electoral college votes over Hilary Clinton. The liberals/progressives are having a monumental hissy fit to say the least! It is a done deal; the people of America have spoken thru their vote. Every time the Democrats don’t get their way they start whining (I am not trying to sound unempathetic and without compassion here) and try to find ways to overturn or overthrow the vote of the people. They are that “typical group” that our Founding Fathers saw in the time we’re in now, which caused them to write the Constitution the way they did. Thank you Jesus for allowing these “men” to hear You and see what You showed them, and obeyed you on how to frame the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence! I’m so glad that all of America is not to the left!

    However God saw fit to establish our electoral system as a republic, we should leave it as is if it works for the country overall. We are a free nation whose founding is based on “freedom and liberty for all” even in the voting process. We must continue to fight for this process as long as we can for the future of our children and grandchildren, and especially if America is to continue to be a free nation. This must continue to be our prayer as one nation under God.

  2. The one thing I like about the “Electoral College” system is that it prevented Al Gore and Hillary from winning. Other than that—‘not so much’.

  3. I appears that the founders of our country created a Republic and added a democracy within it. They assured that the majority or dictator could never overwhelm the minority and yet gave the people of this nation a voice in how it is ruled. If the Electoral College is eliminated then we will be at the mercy of the majority. We go from being a Republic to being a dictatorship. We have come too far and too many have died to preserve our freedoms to give up a very carefully crafted means of maintaining our freedom and to be heard as an individual. Lets stay with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as they were written.

  4. When the candidate wins the primary for that state, the slate he assembled will then become his electors in the general election—if he wins his party’s nomination.
    Who are “the slate he assembled” Please spell it out. So far what I get is this. MR or Mrs X wins the republican primary he/she selects a certain number to their delegates, then they vote for MR or Mrs. X to be President.
    This doesn’t seem reasonable I must be getting it wrong or the deck really is stacked. What no where does anybody explain how and who those electors are.
    Thank you for your news letter and voters guide, especially for the Judges.

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