There seems to be a push from some in the United States to destroy the Electoral College. Why is this? Is the popular vote so much more important? That truly depends on who you ask. For the sake of illustrating the two arguments, let’s start with a hypothetical.
Let’s picture a street that votes for dinner every night. On this street are ten buildings, and every legal occupant, no guests or visitors, can vote for the meal. The results are binding on the whole street, so if somebody doesn’t vote, they still have to follow the wishes of the rest of the street. The ten buildings are three duplexes, two apartment buildings, and the last five are single family homes.
Let’s take a closer look at the make up of this street. In each of the duplexes, is on single person per unit. One of the single family homes contains an elderly couple, and another is empty. There are families in the last three single family homes. Two are families of four, with three toddlers between them, and the last houses your family. The two apartment buildings hold ten families each, with only one that holds four toddlers.
Now its coming close to dinner time, therefore it’s time to vote. The choices are: hamburgers, pizza, or Mexican food. Let’s see how the votes are cast. Well, the duplexes, as well as the elderly couple, have voted for hamburgers. Your family as well as the other two in the single family homes, have voted for pizza. And the two apartment buildings have, once again, voted unanimously for Mexican food.
What’s for dinner? That depends on whether this hypothetical street uses an electoral college system, or the popular vote to decide. If you use the popular vote system, then those two apartment buildings will rule dinner time all the time. They have a history of voting unanimously. Therefore, this night it’s Mexican, tomorrow it might be sushi, or Chinese. Whatever the apartment buildings vote for, is what everyone will eat. Now, knowing this, will the rest of the street vote? Knowing that it doesn’t matter what they vote for, the apartments will decide dinner, many will quit voting. Thus the whole street is ruled by those who live in only two buildings.
But if we have an electoral system on the street, then the voting becomes more fair. Let’s give two votes to each duplex, three votes to each apartment building, and one vote a piece to the single family homes. Now, the apartment buildings will not be ruling the street. This night the street has hamburgers, but tomorrow, it might be home cooking, sandwiches, a street-wide picnic, it all depends on which gets the most electoral votes. And, theoretically, everyone knows that their vote counts, for each building must have at least one vote for their electoral vote to register.
That’s why our Founding Fathers encouraged the electoral college. If they hadn’t then Virginia, as funny as that seems to us these days, would have ruled over everyone else. Delaware didn’t want to have to follow Virginia’s say at all times. Fast forward to 2020, and we have the same problem. New York, California, Rhode Island, and Illinois all have the highest populations in our Country. Do you want those states telling the rest of our Nation how to live? These states have their ways of doing things, but those things are decidedly more of an urban way of doing things.
Just remember, that unless you live in one of the four states that are the most populous, losing the electoral college will devastate the choices of eighty percent of the nation’s voting districts. Look at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional run victory. Only four percent of her voting district voted. And she has the lowest approval rating in her district. No one should have to worry about something like this on a national stage.
Now, that’s just our thinking on this thing. Let us know where you’re coming from in the comments below. Just keep it civil, okay?