by Alexandria Willis | November 23, 2016 5:06 am
The Electoral College has many people up in arms right now. It is agonizing for me to listen to people rant about the unfair nature of the Electoral College. I wonder if anyone has picked up a history book lately. It is perhaps the most crucial part of our voting system. And contrary to what many people seem to think, it plays the most pivotal role in enduring the most equal representation possible.
Even with this being the case, every day more people sign petitions to end the Electoral College. Which, mind you, would require an amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. Petitions are just not going to cut it. So sign away.
But some electors have decided they will be breaking tradition in the coming months. While most states legally forbid an elector from voting contrary to the outcome of the voice of the people, some states do not legally enforce the elector’s votes. These state are currently being bombarded with phone calls, emails and petitions begging them to not cast their vote for Donald Trump.
Michigan does not allow a “faithless elector,” but even if it did, elector Mike Banerian disagreed with the idea and told the Detroit News: ‘Even if I could, I wouldn’t be remotely interested in changing my vote.
‘The people of Michigan spoke, and it’s our job to deliver that message.’
Another elector who did not want to be identified said: ‘If it gets into the House, the controversy and the uncertainty that would immediately blow up into a political firestorm in the U.S. would cause enough people — my hope is — to look at the whole concept of the Electoral College.’
So maybe the goal outcome of this upset in electoral voting has less to do with Donald Trump and more to do with breaking the Electoral College. Which, in my opinion, is quite possibly the biggest nightmare Americans could usher in.
Alexander Hamilton wrote in the Federalist Papers that the small group would ensure ‘the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.’
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