Electoral College not divided evenly

Hillary Clinton got 2 million more votes than President-elect Donald Trump. Al Gore got 500,000 more votes than George W. Bush in 2000, and that election had to be decided for Bush in the Supreme Court.

So I am thinking about the difference between a country and a republic of states such as the U.S. In every other country that holds free and fair elections, the winner of the most votes is known as “the winner.” But not in the U.S. Here, we use an Electoral College.

Hawaii has 1.3 million people and has four “electors” in the 538-member Electoral College. That’s 7/10 of 1 percent of electors. Our population is 6/10 of 1 percent of the population of the U.S. Close.

But now look at California. It has 55 electors, about 10.2 percent of electors. It has 38.8 million people, which is about 16.5 percent of the population of the U.S. California’s votes are diluted in the Electoral College. In this example, a Californian’s vote is worth 6.3 percent less than one vote.

The Electoral College provides 538 electors to 240 million people, but not divided evenly. If every state had a proper proportion of electors based either on population or on population of citizens, Clinton would be president-elect.

A movement is forming nationwide to overcome the problem with the Electoral College without eliminating it by a constitutional amendment. If you are interested in supporting this movement, visit www.NationalPopularVote.com.

Rick Tolin

Kihei

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