When did the Electoral College Begin? #229

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When did the Electoral College Begin?

There is a lot of debate on the Popular Vote vs. Electoral College; I am still trying to understand how Hillary Clinton won the popular vote and Donald Trump the Electoral College.

An electoral college is a set of electors who are selected to elect a candidate to a particular office. Often these represent different organizations, political parties, or entities, with each organization, political party, or entity represented by a particular number of electors or with votes weighted in a particular way.

Now it is my understanding that the Electoral College votes the way the people who elected them want them to vote, maybe, not so much, if the College is made up of various organizations, entities have thrown into the mix.

The Electoral College is a body of electors established by the United States Constitution, for the sole purpose of electing the president and vice president of the United States. The Electoral College consists of 538 electors, and an absolute majority of at least 270 electoral votes is required to win the election.

In the ’60s, during the Kennedy election, my father-in-law was not of any known political status, yet he was elected as one who could determine Alabama’s Electoral Vote.  He was, however, one of the wealthiest men in Alabama.

So, how can we trust a voter’s choice when they can cast their vote as possible wish, favoritism, and old money comes into play?

The Electoral College system was established in Article II of the Constitution and was amended by the 12th Amendment in 1804. When you vote for a presidential candidate, you are in fact voting to instruct the electors from your state to cast their votes for the same candidate.

Why do we still need the Electoral College?  It is my understanding of research that the United States of America needs the Electoral College.  First on the list was a very derogatory one, simply because the Democrats are selfish “assholes”, now there was no mention of a label for the Republicans.  Another statement was “It’s just a Constitutional thing”.  Third appeared to be local interest.  Fourth I found was elections decided by the house.  Last but not least, Swing states are short-lived.

I spent more time on the “why” than it was worth because I did not get what I thought to be a really good answer. It does not always promote fairness. It does not require a majority vote of the population. It creates a result that may not be the will of the people. It creates a system where margins do not matter. It may encourage voters to stay home.  It is a complicated system.

In September 1787, delegates from states with smaller populations generally were in favor of the Electoral College.  It is said that the Electoral College ensures that a supermajority of States cannot sway the election.  It appears that some thought that the “Founders”, were a set of geniuses who knew that a Democracy would result in mob rule without the Electoral College in place.  It is over 200 years old, time to reexamine the constitution, and that it also ensures a peaceful change of power for our Nation.  I believe the Electoral College is the next step to the Supreme Court which has deemed “winners” over the popular vote; it was put in place as a loophole if any party is not satisfied with the count, recount, etc.  I say, let’s set a landslide number and if the popular vote crosses that number there will be a losing party without conflict or question, or courts.

This brings me back around to Trump, it is said approximately 62 million people support him, all I can say about that is “pray”.  Trump said in the 2016 election that he was not interested in winning the popular vote, that he was more interested in the Electoral College.  Now I ask if the people are represented by the electors then why did he win since if they voted the way the people wanted, he would not have won.  So, we already know that he will be running his 2020 campaign as he did in 2016, I question again…how did he win in 2016?  Was it a “bought” election? 

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5 thoughts on “When did the Electoral College Begin? #229

  1. I still don’t get it. You say the Electoral College is composed of electors representing groups and organizations. So does that mean the members of those groups don’t actually vote and just let their electors cast their vote for them? Is an electoral vote worth more than an individual vote? Because I don’t get how someone can win the popular vote and still lose the election. Sorry, I’m slow.

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    1. We (I) have been trying for years to figure it out. There are partitions out now to try to do away with the Electoral College because is is not fair. This is how Bush beat Gore, then Gore went to the Supreme Court and it being mostly Republican, Bush still go it. Hillary won the popular vote the most people voted for her…it went to the Electoral College and Trump won. I believe he is going for that this time, he is romancing the states with the most Electoral votes. Thanks for a great comment. E.

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