The Electoral College: Death of Democracy?

In November 2016, Donald Trump, to some of the nation’s dismay, and to some of the nation’s happiness, got elected to become the 45th President of the United States, and thus, Barack Obama’s successor.

This caused many mixed feelings because there were supporters who wanted him to win, but there were also a large group of people that did not want him to win because of his comments on certain topics and his wall ideas, and kicking people out of the country, and much more. While there are lot of people that did not vote for him and instead voted for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, he still ended up winning, and that is due to the Electoral College.

Number of electors from each state for the 2012, 2016 and 2020 presidential elections. 12 electoral votes changed between 18 states, based on the 2010 census. Eight states lost one electoral vote and two (New York & Ohio) each lost two electoral votes. Eight states gained electoral votes, six gained one electoral vote, Florida gained two & Texas gained four. Photo and caption from WikiMedia.

In the election, though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, Donald Trump won the Electoral College vote. This caused controversy among Americans that were upset by the 2016 Presidential results. The Electoral College has now become a trending topic being described as the ‘Death of Democracy.’ Some people say that the Electoral College is a way of rigging the election, while others think the exact opposite.

The Electoral College is composed of people called ‘electors’ that are chosen by each state. They are in charge of deciding who will run our government’s executive branch. Apparently, there is nothing in the Constitution that gives American voters the right to directly choose their president; the right is in the hands of the 538 people that make up the electoral college.

Usually, the electoral college vote follows the winner of the popular vote, but occasionally, like this election, that is not the case. This has happened to the Democratic party now 2 times within the last 5 elections.

Julia Argueta, a freshman at Malden High School was asked if she thought the election was rigged due to the electoral college. She explained that she doesn’t believe that the election was rigged due to Trump winning because there are people out there in the United States who actually support his actions and outspokenness. Though there was “definitely a mix-up in the election, which upset many,” Argueta said.

Electoral college map for the 2016 United States presidential election (note: Nebraska and Maine split their EVs by congressional district). Photo and caption from WikiMedia.

The majority of these upset people believe that Donald Trump is not fit to run this country. Argueta adds that “the mix-up was definitely due to the electoral college, causing Trump to have more electoral votes than Hillary Clinton. The electoral college was surely something useful in the past, but not now, because us as the people actually have the knowledge to know who should lead our country.”

Argueta believes that we shouldn’t be using the electoral college because the American people actually are smart enough and are informed enough to vote for someone wisely by ourselves.

While others believe the complete opposite, for now all know are the results of the election, and we’ll just have to wait and see what will happen of the Electoral College, and of the nation under the Trump administration.

Emraude Bonnet

Emraude Bonnet, also known as Emma, is a current freshman at Malden High who came from the Linden School. Emraude joined journalism because she wanted to cover sports and because she enjoys journalism. She loves to travel; in fact, she has traveled to Maine, Canada, and Florida. Her favorite sport is soccer, in which she plays as a defender. She took interest in soccer when she was in the sixth grade. In the future, Emraude wants to travel to Barcelona because her favorite soccer team is FC Barcelona. As a profession, her goal is to play on the US Women's National Soccer Team. Aside from sports, Emma loves to listen to music and watch her favorite TV show, Good Luck Charlie. Her all-time favorite artist is Drake, whom she always listens to. Although she is busy with sports and other daily activities, she still makes time for reading books as well, one of her favorites being Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks.

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