Many Americans feel that electoral college system should be abolished because the practice has an inefficacious result: The popular vote reflects a real democracy, the electoral college system does not. The New York Times recently argued that the system should be abolished writing:
“And so for the second time in 16 years, the candidate who lost the popular vote has won the presidency. Unlike 2000, it wasn’t even close. Hillary Clinton beat Mr. Trump by more than 2.8 million votes or 2.1 percent of the electorate. That’s a wider margin than ten winning candidates enjoyed and the biggest deficit for an incoming president since the 19th century.”
The paper continues, “Conservative opponents of a direct vote say it would give an unfair edge to large, heavily Democratic cities and states. But why should the votes of Americans in California or New York count for less than those in Idaho or Texas?”
OUR FREE OPINION
In a regular Democrat election, each citizen gets one vote. If the election were decided by the popular vote, citizens voting in lower populated states would seemingly be left thinking their votes didn’t count because the large cities would carry the day. That’s probably true.
Winning states like California and New York, and cities such as Chicago, New York, Los Angelos, Philadelphia, and so forth, would give a candidate the clear edge (and probably the Democrat). I don’t have a problem with this either.
Trump is just the fifth presidential candidate to lose the popular vote and win the electoral college totals. The other four are John Quincy Adams, Benjamin Harrison, Rutherford B. Hayes and George W. Bush. So the issue is not all that remarkable, particularly when one considers the momentous rank of these Presidents.
But because we think a popular vote rule would conform with the principal democratic value– one person—one vote– and because such a system tends to promote real equality– and because the original purpose of the electoral college was based on geographical and other outdated principles, we feel the time has come to abolish the system.