Electoral College – is it time for a change?


About a month after the election, everything is starting to calm down. As people start to take in the fact that Donald Trump actually won, the system is being questioned.

The electoral college has been in place since around 1877. Many believe it is still fair and balanced, to take the election out of the hands of the larger cities. Other believe it is outdated and no longer makes sense for how the election goes today.

The biggest argument for this cause is the fact that Hillary Clinton had won the popular vote by two million votes, but Donald Trump is still the Presidential-elect. This has happened before though, including in 2000. Al Gore had won the popular vote but George Bush won the election, due to the electoral college. Just because Al Gore was preferred by the public, it did not mean he was going to become the President of the United States.

Some believe this is unfair, the voice of people of the United States should be the only factor in deciding who will lead this great nation. On some levels this makes sense, but there is a lot more to consider. If the Presidential-elect is chosen solely based on the popular vote, cities like New York, with around eight million people, would decide the election, or how their state votes, based on their population. Then again, New York City only represents .009% of the United States, and obviously not everyone can or does vote. With the electoral college, each city gets a say in how their states votes, even if they only have 2,000 people.

If the electoral college seems unfair, then maybe all states should emulate Nebraska or Maine, splitting their votes instead of the winner take all system. No matter who won, a new generation is starting to vote. This causes the system and the people in power to be questioned. It does not matter if people disagree, what matters is that the discussion gets continued.