Surprise: The Electoral College: Good or Bad? [See Video]

Craig Huey Government, Congress, and Politics, Politics 3 Comments

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

  • What is the Electoral College?
  • Trump won because of the Electoral College. Can it happen again? Is it right?
  • Should we abolish it? Keep it?

So, let’s take a look.

In 2016, Donald Trump won a clear majority of Electoral College votes: 306 vs. 232.

But he lost in the popular vote. Hillary Clinton got 65,853,514 and President Trump got 62,984,828 in the general election.

Critics are slamming the outcome, saying the Electoral College should be abolished.

Most Americans are still a little unclear about the Electoral College, why it exists, and why it is 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, they are 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 they win their party’s nomination.

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

Despite outspoken critics of the process, 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 will 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.

The big cities could determine the outcome of each Presidential election.

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

You are going to hear a big push by those who want to expand the size and power of government, turn America to soviet and restrict religious freedom.

America needs to keep the Electoral College…it works, and it protects America.

Watch video here.

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 3

  1. This is such a great explanation of the Electoral College and why it was established. It’s no wonder so many do not know and especially the younger adults. They were not taught in high school nor in the college/university system. Most have probably not even read the Constitution. Thank you for spelling this out so well.

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