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The outcome of the 2016 presidential election has focused renewed scrutiny on the Electoral College system.

That got long-time reader Harriet B. Wright wondering what the heck is going on.

Why an Electoral College?

Like a lot of people, I've been reeling from the election. Surely it is not the normal, everybody.

As Americans continue to process Trump being the president-elect, Assistant Political Science Professor Jaclyn Kettler said she's seen students in her classes visibly distraught about the results.

Usually, the voting of electors is a mere formality. Angry white men may have said many loud and deplorable things about Hillary Clinton, but they are not responsible for her loss.

Trump does have the authority after being sworn in as President to issue executive orders that will administratively change how legal documents in order to live, visit, and work in America are issued.

It didnt take long for the future of the Electoral College to come under debate.

It also would be illegal.

Texas is one of the 21 states where you can switch without penalty, but ultimately, rhymes doesn't think Texas will make that switch. "We pledge to the people that elect us that we will cast our vote according to the results", says Rhymes.

Others, including Democratic Sen.

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We have all seen the arguments for and against the electoral college over the years. "This is the only office in the land where you can get more votes and still lose the presidency". "Just get rid of electors". We have 50 of them, in fact - one in each state.

Also seriously underestimated was Trump's popularity among relatively less educated urban whites.

Dr. John Koza: Well the current system certainly does not help the small states, and there's plenty of evidence of that - of the 13 smallest states, only one of them is a closely divided battleground state, and that's New Hampshire; it's the only one that's received any attention from the presidential candidates for the last four or five presidential elections. She is, along with the Democratic Party. "We don't spend a nickel there now". There's been more than 700 proposals over the years to change the electoral college.

"Clinton just wasn't able to pull it off", Ballard said. Of course, it was conceptualised in a very different time, and many argue it unfairly weighs the votes of many Americans in regional areas in the country's interior over those in cities. Chicago alone could dig up enough votes in its cemeteries to counter not only the pesky Republican downstate IL voters but could also help swing the national total into the D column.

"In 2012, Donald Trump tweeted, 'The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy, ' " Boxer added. George W. Bush won the most recent such election, in 2000.

Pat Rosenstiel of the non-profit National Popular Vote - which is spearheading the effort - predicted passage in time for the 2020 presidential contest.

So, what's it all about, Harriet? Our founding fathers laid it all down in Article II of the U.S. Constitution, back when only white male property owners could vote as a way to sidestep the whole slavery question. The number of votes corresponds to the number of USA senators and representatives in any given state. Which means it's determined by population. That's because in the Electoral College, what matters are the states.

California has 55 electoral votes, the most in the nation.

But in Wisconsin - the state that ended up putting Trump over the top in the electoral vote early Wednesday morning - 22 counties that had once voted for Obama switched to Trump.

"Who is this electoral college?"


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