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OPINION: Abolish the Electoral College


OPINION: Abolish the Electoral College

By Bianca May

As of November 9th, CNN put the popular vote figures at 47.5% Trump and 47.7% Clinton. It's
a small margin but it's there. Hillary won the popular vote. Yet our modern day election system is
based on an archaic historic election system rendering the votes "for the people and by the people"
obsolete. It's time to change this. While the electoral college had its uses back in history, it's use is
questionable now. It does not serve the people. It serves the ruling class. This is not a democracy.

While we can still appeal to electors to change their votes before December 19th when they
meet, this is a longshot. Another longshot, but a worthwhile cause, is abolishing the electoral college
once and for all.
Created in 1787, the Electoral College supersedes the popular vote by organizing votes on a
state-by-state basis. Historians say it was created as means to protect slavery. Hillary Clinton is the
fourth president to lose the White House because of the Electoral College, despite having more votes.
In a recent poll by the Metro News, 75 percent of readers said the presidency should be determined by
the popular vote.

It would seem difficult to end something long revered as a cornerstone of our country's history,
but its time. And it can be done. The Electoral College is enshrined in the 12th Amendment of the U.S.
Constitution, and therefore requires a constitutional amendment, outlined in Article 5. Congress can
propose an amendment with a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the
Senate or by a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the state legislatures. It must be
ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three-fourths.
Finding a majority in a victorious Republican-held government might be a problem, though, but in two
years there will be another election and more members could be swapped out.

In 2005, Representative Gene Green from Texas introduced the Every Vote Counts Amendment.
The text of it reads  "Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to abolish the
electoral college and to provide for the direct popular election of the President and Vice President of the
United States." This is what a government "for the people and by the people" should be. I understand
the electoral college has its place in history. Perhaps we could retain it and give them a symbolic vote,
but currently our system gives the people only a symbolic vote, ad that is not a democracy.
I personally spent the morning calling and writing to senators and representatives to consider
reconsider the Every Vote Counts amendment and I will continue pushing this agenda even if it takes
another four years.