The Danger of the Attacks on the Electoral College

The Danger of the Attacks on the Electoral College

By Trent England, Director, Save our States

The following is adapted from a speech delivered on April 30, 2019, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C.

Once upon a time, the Electoral College was not controversial. During the debates over ratifying the Constitution, Anti-Federalist opponents of ratification barely mentioned it. But by the mid-twentieth century, opponents of the Electoral College nearly convinced Congress to propose an amendment to scrap it. And today, more than a dozen states have joined in an attempt to hijack the Electoral College as a way to force a national popular vote for president.

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THE ELECTORAL MAP – 2016

THE ELECTORAL MAP – 2016

The map below shows who won the election, County by County. As you can see from the map, Hillary Clinton won a small number of counties throughout the country, compared to the number of counties that Donald Trump won, but Clinton still won the popular vote.

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WHAT IS THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE?

WHAT IS THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE?

There are very good reasons for the Electoral College, and why it is important to keep it in effect. Rather than my explaining it, watch this video which explains it very clearly. Just keep in mind that when you vote for President on your ballot, you aren’t voting for the President. You are voting for electors in your state who will vote for the President.

Watch, and learn.
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THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE IS STILL NEEDED

THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE IS STILL NEEDED

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THE UNITED STATES IS NOT A DEMOCRACY.

What appears to deprive the populace of its power to decide a president is the very mechanism that preserves its power. The Electoral College works that way because the United States isn’t a pure democracy.

The Electoral College has been on life support since a chad—specifically a “hanging” chad—tipped the White House to George W. Bush in 2000. The painful reality of how our Constitution works was never more apparent. The Gore/Lieberman ticket won the popular vote 50,994,086 to 50,461,092 but lost the electoral vote 266 to 271.

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