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Don’t let the Electoral College keep you from voting!

Don’t let the Electoral College keep you from voting!

June 02
14:35 2016

Preston Mitchell | @presto_mitch

The year 2016 will be remembered for the nerve-raking face-off between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Despite many Americans pulling for Bernie Sanders, it’s time to realize two megalomaniacs are our only options for commander-in-chief.

Regardless of which side of the coin you fall, it is now more important than ever to vote this November. In spite of whatever vitriol you harbor toward the Electoral College, or how different your state may think than you, your vote still counts.

For those who are unfamiliar, the Electoral College is an institution of 538 electors. There are 435 representatives, 100 senators, and 3 Washington D.C. electors chosen to select the new president and vice president.

To win, the candidate must reach a minimum of 270 votes. The purpose for this system is to prevent the new head of state from being solely determined by the everyman without political consent. [df-subtitle]In essence, it’s affording each candidate a final fair trial before decisions are made.[/df-subtitle]

A common criticism of the Electoral College is that even if citizens vote, the system is seen as the end-all-be-all that completely disregards popular state opinion.

Texas is a sizable site for this grievance because people who were once confident in a Sanders renaissance are now backing out from balloting because of the state’s well-known flirtations with Republicanism.

Even though the college acts as the politicians’ last say in leadership, it was never intended to discourage “we,” the American people, from actually voting.

Our votes certainly count because the Electoral College always goes through us to cast their own votes.

Case in point: we tackle the state votes so the politicians know how to read the national votes. Every state receives more than one elector, both in the House and the Senate. The House of Representatives is always divided by population, causing larger states to have more representatives than smaller states. Nonetheless, each state is granted two senators no matter what, meaning every state stands an equal chance whether it’s big or small.

[df-subtitle]In fact, there have only been four times in U.S. history when a person won their presidency without popular vote. Most recently, George W. Bush was elected this way 16 years ago. Before that, Benjamin Harrison won the national vote in 1888.[/df-subtitle]

Stop worrying about the Electoral College, get off your couch and go vote soon.

The only way to make the change you want to happen is to participate in the nationwide conversation. Because we’ve had four solid years to make up our minds, it is imperative that we all make a choice in November.

Please vote.

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