Disclaimer: I am not a political wonk. The post below is based on my knowledge of the election process and is pooled from a collection of arguments I have heard over the past several days on the Electoral College.
As I am writing this we are about 15 minutes from the first polls closing in a few states so the resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for the next fours will not be known for a few hours at the earliest. There are of course a few early numbers trickling in. Two examples, Mitt Romney is comfortably ahead in Indiana and President Obama is comfortably ahead in New Hampshire. In both cases, only about 1 – 3% of the votes are tallied as of the reporting of these leads. If the same leads were to hold with more votes tallied, the votes of those who have not voted could conceivably not matter if the state’s results are pretty much a lock. Even if no data were released until after the polls were closed, if it was known through polling, that a particular state was heavily in favor of one candidate or the other, the vote of any one single person for the underdog would simply not matter since the state as a whole would elect the states winner.
The Electoral College is meant to ensure that small lesser populated places receive attention during campaigns and prevent a disproportionate amount of attention from being given to the heavily populated regions. However, with a state by state voting in the Electoral College, there is not an even distribution of focus on more vesus less populated areas. Rather, focus is now placed in so-called swing states. The states that carry a large Electoral vote and are evenly split politically get a huge amount of campaign attention. Those states, even populous ones, who are predisposed one way or the other are given less attention sense their electoral vote is all but a forgone conclusion.
Back to the argument I am making, the popular vote is only way I can think of that ensure that each and every individual vote absolutely does count. The argument that the Electoral College promotes more blanketed campaign coverage simply does not hold water in my opinion.
Thank you everyone who voted. I feel that regardless of who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for the next four years, it looks like a strong voter turnout is something of which we can be collectively proud as U.S. citizens.
Thanks for reading and have a Great Day!
As always, comments are welcome.