In this blog we are not going to dive in to a deep understanding of these three types of voting systems. If you want to know more, google them. And might I suggest it would be better to google the ones you think you are against in order to gain a better understand of it before deciding on which you support.
The Electoral College system is laid out in the Constitution. One key aspect of this system which is typically missed by most American voters is who they are actually voting for. When you go to the polls, you are actually electing an Elector. The Elector elects the President.
Each state has their own rules on how their Elector’s will cast their vote. Some states have all their Elector’s votes go toward the candidate who won their state. Some states distribute their Elector votes different. Generally, they were based in some way on the votes of the people in that state.
There are rogue Electors who pay penalties and vote for whomever they want. There have been votes cast for people who were not candidates. There is also the possibility that a candidate could win the election while only winning in 11 states. Although this is a long shot, it could happen.
The Electoral College isn’t really a 1 for 1 vote. It’s more like 10 votes for A, 12 votes for B so B get’s all the Electors votes the state has. Or in some states, B would get 2 votes more than A, but A would also get some Elector votes.
The Popular Vote is not necessarily a system yet, but it is a system which has been and is being talked about frequently. This system would do away with the Electoral system which is laid out in the Constitution and the candidate which received the most votes in the US as a whole would win. The case for this system is every single vote counts, you ad them all up and who ever ends up with the most vote wins, so the results would be 10 votes for A, 12 votes for B – so B wins. Also, you would be voting for the actual Candidate and not for an Elector to elect the candidate. This system has the most susceptibility to voter fraud which should be addressed before moving to this system. I have proof of it being real since one year I did not vote but am shown placing a mail in vote for a candidate I would not have voted for.
There is now a National Popular Vote System which is in place in several state and the movement is growing. It is basically a work around to change the voting system without passing an amendment to the Constitution. So the Constitution still says ‘this is the way a President will be elected’ but each state would say ‘BUT this is how our state elects a President.’
The way the National Popular Vote System works is regardless of how a state votes, their Electors vote for whomever wins the US popular vote. So you still vote for Electors, then the Elector’s wait to see what the results are in the US before electing the President. So in your state – 10 votes for A, 0 for B – but in the US over all the vote was 15 A, 20 B, so your Elector’s vote for B. It’s a hybrid of the Electoral College and the Popular Vote systems.
This has already been passed as a law in several states and has made it through one house in many significant states. Don’t believe me? Go look it up. If you live in one of these states this IS CURRENTLY LAW in your state: CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, HI, IL, MA, MD, NJ, NM, NY, RI, VT, WA. Surprised?
This is where we need to visit another misunderstood concept in America. America is not a democracy – it is a republic. In fact, the founding fathers were against democracy and rejected it. You can get a good idea of the difference by checking out many sights on the net. Below is a VENN diagram from one of them. The thoughtco lays it out like this, “In a republic, laws are made by representatives chosen by the people and must comply with a constitution which specifically protects the rights of the minority from the will of the majority. ” “In a republic, an official set of fundamental laws, like the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, prohibits the government from limiting or taking away certain “inalienable” rights of the people, even if that government was freely chosen by a majority of the people. In a pure democracy, the voting majority has almost limitless power over the minority. ”
Whether you are for or against any of these systems because of how America is set up, using a majority in order to circumvent the Constitution goes against it’s very foundation. If we remain silent and allow such things to happen, it is just a slippery slope before the entire system crumbles.
Unfortunately, we are so dependent on media to determine how we think and where we focus. They lead us around like a dog after a treat. They are keeping this hush hush so we won’t even know what happened until it’s too late.
Wake up America … know what is going on around you. Our politicians have the misguided idea that they own the country and have forgot that WE are their employers. As long as they keep us fighting against each other based on our political affiliation, the easier it is for them to manipulate the system to their advantage.