Electoral College…You’re Fired! Pt. 1

It’s probably no secret that I’m not a big fan of the Electoral College.  I’m also not a big fan of the House of Representatives, Islamaphobia, Homophobia, over taxation of the poor, or Paris Hilton.

But with the election right around the corner, I’m going to talk about the Electoral College, today.  You all know what the Electoral College is, right?  It’s the thing that makes your vote for President meaningless.  Remember how Al Gore won the election, but G.W. Bush became president?  Well that’s because Al Gore didn’t win the electoral vote.  And before you conservative schmucks claim I’m just a crazy, liberal democrat…I supported Bush against Gore, because I can’t stand Al Gore.  I’m glad Al Gore wasn’t president, but he should have been is my point.  Even a blind pig finds and acorn and even a corrupt bourgeoisie organization like the Electoral College can get it right once in a while.

Now here’s how it works in a simplified form…

The Electoral College decides who becomes president with each state having a different amount of electoral votes, based on their population.  The first person to reach 270 electoral votes wins the presidency.

Now theoretically that means you need to have the support of over 50% of the country to become president of the United States.  But that’s not true…

For instance, if you were to get over 50% of the support of just 11 states, which equal out to just 20% of the total population of the nation…you still win the presidency.  Let’s look at the situation…

The following will occur if you win the following 11 states: California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey.

You will have 270 votes spread across the 11 states.

Your opponent will have only 268 votes spread across the remaining 39 states.

So if you lose 78% of the states, but you’re still president over all 50 states; just because of the way the Electoral College is set up.  If you win the majority of a state, which you can do with less than 50% of the electoral vote if there are more than 2 candidates, you get all of the electoral votes.  I think there may be exceptions in Nebraska and Maine, where the electoral votes are split, but nonetheless for the majority it is winner-take-all.

Now, admittedly the likelihood of this particular scenario playing out is highly unlikely.  California has been democrat since 1992, Texas has been Republican since 1980, Georgia has been Republican since 1996, and Illinois has been Democrat since 1992.

But, it’s not impossible.

So let’s assume you get the most votes of these 11 states in a 3 person election, you could conceivably get only get 35% of each state and you get all 270 votes with only what would be the equivalent of like 17% of the population actually supporting you.

Sounds like a really foolproof system, huh?  Yeah, didn’t think so.

Here’s a map to show you what I’m talking about.

My next post will speak of how I think it could be fixed.

~RCS

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