Why would a political science professor in a California university say that there is no reason for the electoral college in modern America?
Answered by: John Blackstock,Bassist, currently studying data analytics
The thing that gets lost in the conversation about the Electoral College is how many Republicans it disenfranchises.
In the 2016 presidential election there were more Republican voters in these two states:
Than these 14 states combined:
In those two states, 7,303,344 votes were cast for Donald Trump. That’s over 7 million Republicans that have no say when it comes to the presidency, the one office that represents all Americans equally. The results aren’t final, but for the 2020 election it’s looking like the amount of votes for Trump in these states is going to be north of 8 million.
Right now the electoral college is obviously a partisan issue, (because what isn’t these days?) but it still doesn’t seem fair that all of these Republicans don’t get a say in who the president is, year after year, just because of the state they live in.
EDIT: A lot of people in the comments are taking this as my entire argument for why the electoral college should be abolished. I’m bringing this point up because people typically see the EC as a system that benefits Republicans, and hurts Democrats. While this has been true the past few election cycles, historically this isn’t always the case. This point is intended to illustrate the way in which Republicans can also potentially suffer under this system. The same forces that currently help Republicans under this system absolutely could change to help Democrats in the future with the right shifts in demographics.