Every presidential election is visited with the Electoral College. This system that is indirectly used to select future presidents is confusing to some voters and most don’t understand its purpose. In other elections, it is very important to have this system, and this year’s presidential election is a great example.
Donald Trump was able to obtain the necessary amount of votes to be elected as the president of the United States, but this is only part of the problem. Tallying the popular vote, or the actual total votes cast, Trump loss to Hillary Clinton by almost 1 million votes. This makes Trump the fifth president-elect to win a political race in this way. Before Trump, it was George W. Bush that beat Al Gore in 2000. The other electoral vote victories occurred during the 1800s.
This has led to a disturbing presidential election for most voters that don’t want to accept the outcome. After the election results for this year, California Senator Barbara Boxer has argued that America needs to get rid of the system. A legislation was introduced by the Democrat, on Tuesday to remove the Electoral College and convert to using the popular vote to determine future presidency. Majority of the Americans feel the same way. A 2013 Gallup poll showed that 63% of American voters wanted to remove the Electoral College.
According to Boxer, “This is the only office in the land, where you can get more votes and still lose the presidency. The Electoral College is an outdated undemocratic system that does not reflect our modern society. And, it needs to change immediately.” Although there may be enough people that would support the proposal, it won’t be that easy to terminate the Electoral College. An amendment to the US Constitution would be required, which would need to be ratified by 38 states and two-thirds of the votes from the Senate and the House.