Voter Disenfranchisement Due to the Electoral College

Voter Disenfranchisement Due to the Electoral College

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  • When are you going to vote today?
  • Disenfranchisement of Voters Under the Electoral College (Ben Stevenson, Block 4)
  • I'm not going to. My vote wouldn't matter anyways.
  • What do you mean? We live in a democracy.
  • The Cause
  • In the last presidential election the candidate I voted for got 35% of the votes in this state but 0 of this state's electoral votes!
  • The Severity
  • New report shows that 41.2% of voters in New York during the presidential election had not voted for Hillary Clinton who won all of the state's electoral votes...
  • The Electoral College as it is today disfranchises millions of voters each presidential election in America. This causes potential voters to stay home and inhibits the ability of the American democracy to be democratic.
  • Expert Quote
  • ... Furthermore Professor of Law at the Ohio State University Edward Foley said "The problem... In 2016, Donald Trump won all the electoral votes, totaling 101, in six states where he received less than 50 percent of the popular vote: Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. (Hillary Clinton won seven states this way.) "
  • The winner take all method of allocating electoral votes that has been adopted by all but two states means that if a presidential candidate gets 30% of the popular vote in one state, the other candidate that got 65% of the sate's popular vote would receive all electoral votes.
  • Statistical Evidence
  • Well then why don't we switch to something like the proportional plan?
  • In New York State in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton won the majority of votes with 4,143,874 votes. However, 2,902,035 votes were not for Clinton and had no effect on the election.
  • Reform Proposal
  • Yeah I remember reading something that the same thing happens in mainly Republican states to Democratic voters, too. I think 62.1% of the votes were for Trump in Alabama in 2016. That means 37.9% of the votes ended up not meaning anything!
  • I think the proportional plan would be a great alternative. By splitting up the electoral votes in each state proportionally based on the number of votes each candidate got not only would minority party voters votes mater but third party candidates could make some ground, too.
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