It’s been a day since the world was delivered the news that Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States. And in that timespan, two very important things were revealed: people are terrified at what this means for the future and — maybe most important — Hillary Clinton actually won the popular vote.
The current tally shows Hillary Clinton took 48 percent of the popular vote with 59,938,290 votes while Trump received 59,704,886. Not since the year 2000, during the abysmal Bush/Gore election, has someone taken the presidency without winning the popular vote.
When it became painfully clear that more Americans voted for Clinton than did for Trump, fuel was added to the fire of the many protesters who took the streets. One Chicago protester spoke with CNN and unleashed his anger at this entire process.
Everyone knows that it is really the Electoral College that decides the presidency; however, many do not understand how the electoral college works and who the electors are.
In short, the Electoral College was created as a way to ensure that cities with massive populations do not overrun election results. It was made so small, low populated towns in middle America were evenly represented in the election.
The Electoral College is comprised of a group of electors, some chosen by the voters on Election Day and some chosen before the election by each political party. When this process was first introduced to the Constitution, one can only assume it was to make sure that the most fair election took place every four years.
However, with controversy surrounding this year’s election, many are wondering if it’s time we upgrade our system and do away with the Electoral College for good. In the end, it shouldn’t matter how populated a city is. As the protester in the video above states, one vote should equal one vote, and whoever the people decide should lead should be the one who ultimately comes out on top.
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