By: Diane Benjamin
I’ve heard WAY too many people talk about abolishing the Electoral College lately. Here’s a crash course in why it is in the Constitution!
We are not a democracy!
We are a Representative Republic. Populism never has been part of our government, and never should be. The Constitution protects the rights of the minority, not the majority. Mobs can not be allowed to run the country.
Under the Electoral College every state has a voice in elections. Representation is based on population. Every state participates in electing a president, not equally, but they all have a voice.
Big parts of the nation wouldn’t be represented without the electoral college. Only heavily populated states would have a voice, there wouldn’t be a reason to ever campaign in smaller states. This would cause states to be vulcanized against each other. The country would have no cohesion if states like California and New York and cities like Chicago and Philadelphia elect president after president. Without the Electoral College, the rest of the country would have no voice.
Every state has at least 3 Electoral College votes. This is intended to create harmony by giving everybody a voice. Power under the Constitution rests with the states, not the federal government. The popular vote in each state is reflected in the Electoral College vote, so it isn’t as if each vote doesn’t matter.
Since a lot of the Constitution is already immaterial, abolishing the Electoral College would be just another death knell in what is supposed to be the law we live under. Some states do a better job of cleaning their voter rolls than others. We’ve all heard stories about dead people voting and now illegal aliens. The Electoral College protects the integrity of the vote for all states. More Electoral College votes aren’t awarded because of the number of people who vote.
The Electoral college protects every person’s right to have a voice. Abolishing it would be a disaster for representative government.