(JustPatriots.com)- After Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election, Democrats have argued that the Electoral College should be abolished in favor of electing presidents based on the popular vote. Had that been the case, Clinton would have won the 2016 election.
The United States Electoral College, however, was established by the United States Constitution and was created to ensure that elections don’t result in huge sections of society being unrepresented. Through a combination of the Electoral College and representatives in the House and Senate, the United States Senate works to stop mob rule and ensure middle America and states with smaller populations are represented in presidential elections.
How It Works
Every state has an umber of Electoral College electors, which is proportionate to the population of the state. This is done by combining the number of senates, which is always two, and then the number of representatives elected to the House.
When Americans vote in a presidential election they are voting for electors who will cast a vote for the candidate they are assigned to. California has the most people of all states, giving it 55 electoral votes.
With a total of 538 electors, a candidate needs to win 270 electors to win the election.
Why It’s Important
While some people complain that the Electoral College means the popular vote is often disregarded in an election, it means that the concerns of smaller states cannot be dismissed. Presidential candidates must campaign across the whole country to win the election rather than just focusing on winning large states like California.
Hillary Clinton and the Democrats in 2016 won a huge amount of support from left-leaning states like California and New York, and without the Electoral College, would not have needed to campaign in small states. It would result in these parts of the countries being ignored by the White House every election.
For instance, Wyoming is home to less than one-fifth of one percent of the American population, but it still has three valuable electors in the Electoral College.
So Should It Change?
Probably not. The Electoral College was established to ensure that no candidate – whether Republican or Democrat – can ignore smaller states. The Electoral College ensures that every person in America has a voice and that corrupt politicians cannot rely on the loyal vote of supporters in places like California and New York.
Supporting the abolishment of the Electoral College means advocating the rewriting or dismissal of the U.S. Constitution, and implementing a system of mob rule.