After years of studying and working in the government I've finally started to realize that in the grand scheme of the upcoming elections...our vote
really doesn't count.
We say this is a democracy, and while that may be true for local and state elections, in the national elections, an electoral college votes for us.
We fight for freedom for people in other country to vote, but what about our own?
A question I always ask people is...do you know anyone..ANYONE who is a member of the electoral college? I know I don't and I worked in local,
state, and national politics for years.
Did you know that they can vote any way that they like?
Did you know that several times in history the popular vote has gone against the electoral votes... For example:
* In 1824, Andrew Jackson won the most popular votes (at least in states where popular elections were held), but no candidate won a majority of
the electoral votes. The House of Representatives selected John Quincy Adams as president. (Jackson won the election four years later.)
* In 1876, Democratic candidate Samuel Tilden narrowly won the popular vote over Republican candidate Rutherford B. Hayes, but twenty contested
electoral votes prevented either man from winning a majority of electors. In a compromise that ended the federal occupation of the South that had
begun after the Civil War, Congress certified all twenty contested votes as having been cast for Hayes.
* In 1888, Republican Benjamin Harrison easily won a majority of the electoral vote despite losing the popular vote to his opponent, Democrat
Grover Cleveland. Cleveland's support was largely regional: he won large majorities in several southern states, which raised his popular vote totals
but won him few electoral votes. Harrison won narrow majorities in most other states, however, and won the electoral vote 233 to 168.
* And in 2000, Democrat Al Gore won a narrow plurality of the popular vote but lost the electoral vote to Republican George W. Bush, 271 to 266.
The vote was so close that Gore, thinking he had lost, conceded, then retracted his concession as more votes were counted. Because the vote in
Florida, a decisive state, was so close, multiple recounts were held, and the Supreme Court had to settle a lawsuit over whether recounts should
Just wanted to stir the pot and see what people here think...I saw another post about possibly eliminating the electoral college and I'm all for it.
Check it out.
For further reading on this topic in general I found this
Whats everyone's take on this?