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Published: Tue, November 15, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Last-ditch push underway for Clinton to become president instead of Trump


She was unequivocal. "I believe strongly that in a democracy, we should respect the will of the people", Hillary Clinton said, "and to me that means it's time to do away with the Electoral College and move to the popular election of our president". A candidate only needs to win 50% + 1 of the votes in a state to carry all of the state's Electoral College votes. So, if 60 percent of Texas voted for Trump, 30 percent for Clinton, and 10 percent for independent candidates, Trump would get all of the state's 38 electoral votes. Our nation's founders were notoriously distrustful of the capacity of average citizens to govern, and so into our political system they built all sorts of hedges against perceived excesses of popular governance: staggered elections, separation of powers, and the Electoral College itself. The norm is, whichever presidential candidate has more supporters in the Electoral College becomes the President irrespective of the popular vote - the total number of votes all the supporters of the candidate in the Electoral College has received.

If you're unhappy with a Trump presidency and you live in a swing state and you didn't vote, you have only yourself to blame.

"Electoral college will forever tip balance to rural/conservative/"white"/older voters - a concession to slave-holders originally", author Joyce Carol Oates wrote on Twitter. By filtering the public's votes into state-by-state races, the Electoral College introduces huge disproportionality into the electoral system, allowing small states to carry more weight than their population size merits. For example, California, the most populous state, has 53 congressional positions.

These days, most of the electors are party activists who are given this symbolic honor as a reward for service.

Usually this happens because the winning margin of the popular vote in a state gets exaggerated in the final count of the Electoral College.

So, what is the relationship between a voter, a candidate and the electors? But her running mate, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, wasted little time highlighting her higher vote total than Donald Trump's in introducing her.

No. She won the popular vote. Adopting a national popular vote would trade one set of problems for another.

Correction: A headline on an earlier version of this story misstated the proportion of the popular vote cast for candidates in the presidential election. Secretary Clinton WON THE POPULAR VOTE and should be President. But by setting a minimum on the number of electors who represent each state, no matter how small, and then by awarding a state's electoral votes to a candidate on a winner-take-all basis (Maine and Nebraska excepted), the results of the Electoral College vote may deviate rather substantially from the popular vote.

They are just supposed to show up and vote.

The electors are considered "faithless electors" as it does not emphasize in the US Constitution of the requirement of their opinion on December 19. These results have many people wondering if it's time to change how America elects its president.

Bill Pesch is a family law attorney with the Guam Family Law Office in Hagåtña.

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