Electoral College, should it stay or should it go?
The map below is a close representation of votes for Clinton and Trump by county.
According to the map above, California, New York, and Florida heavily influenced the physical vote. There were enough votes in California alone so flip an election solely bases on votes.
In California, Hillary Clinton received 8,753,788 votes; 4,269,978 votes more than Clinton. California could elect a president entirely on number of votes. With 4.2 million votes more than Trump in California alone, the system would, and does make many other states feel violated and unimportant.
In New York, Clinton had 4,547,218 votes however, in Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan alone there were 1,252,818 more votes than Trump however, almost every other county voted for Trump meaning votes alone do not represent New York as a whole.
The Electoral College was established for this very reason, to avoid high population areas from picking a winner and ignoring the vote of all the other states and American voters.
Whether we like it or not, the electoral college is working the way it was intended; allowing the votes across the country to be balanced for each state instead of allowing California and New York to decide who should be president.
Imagine, for a moment, an America where two states could decide an election; that is a very bad option and is the reason our system was setup with a safeguard
The only time it leaves a bitter taste in our mouth is when we are on the losing side, but we should not try to change this system that works based on current emotions.
To view election results in great detail, visit http://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/president
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Note: The information above is based on numbers calculated during the week of November 15, 2016.