I have long opposed the Electoral College and I now have 1 million more reasons to do so. One of them is the population shift in all 50 states.
Ever since I first heard of the Electoral College, I have always thought that it was undemocratic. It’s true. I first learned of the EC in the eighth grade (when my class was learning about the Constitution) and I was taken aback when I learned that people didn’t directly vote for the president. Sure, our votes generally decide who the electors vote for, but in 27 states, the electors can go against the popular vote.
Even though we have never really had to deal with faithless electors, a problem that we have seen twice this millennium is having an EC result that is different than the popular vote.
Because of the EC (and the Supreme Court and the shenanigans in Florida), we were stuck with George W. Bush in 2000 and now we got Trump, who lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes in 2016. This isn’t right; voters should be able to elect the president directly.
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