Why do we have the Electoral College? It is certainly not a college and it doesn’t educate any one. Yet it certainly can elect a president of the United States.
That’s what happened in 2016 when a small majority of the electoral votes elected Donald J. Trump president of the United States. Mr. Trump was not selected by the majority of the people of our country. The majority of American voters, almost 66 million people, voted for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to become our president.
Yet Trump was elected president by virtue of winning the majority of electoral votes in each of three states: Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. This gave him a winning total of 304 to Clinton’s 270. The Electoral College vote trumps the popular vote, which determines the winning candidates in all other American elections. Each state awards all of its electoral votes to the candidate who receives a majority of the popular vote in that state. The Electoral College system disenfranchises voters who do not support the winning candidate.
The Electoral College system has no real validity, and eliminating it would help, not hurt, our democratic voting system. It is supposed to be a method which would give the individual states more power to govern our nation. Instead, it has the potential of electing candidates who have not won the approval of the voters. This has happened in the case of Donald Trump.
Therefore, I propose a constitutional amendment be enacted in 2018 that would totally eliminate the Electoral College and let the popular vote determine our president.
Our democracy demands that we improve our voting system. I am going to ask the Westchester County Democratic Committee to start the ball rolling by passing a resolution to approve an amendment to eliminate the Electoral College.