The Electoral College has outlived its purpose

I wanted to get this out there before the election results start coming in, in case we have a situation where the electoral winner of the election is not the same as the candidate with the most popular votes. If that happens, anyone complaining will be seen as a sore loser and I want to be clear no matter how this election goes, this campaign season has convinced me that the electoral college causes more problems than it fixes and it needs to be eliminated.

I understand and approve of the reason for the electoral college. I think it’s important to balance the needs of the states and not just the individuals. More densely populated states ought not to be able to push around the less-populated areas. The reasons for this ought to be obvious.

It’s a big problem that the political power in the United States has been flowing steadily out of the states and into the Federal Government, and having direct election of the President would add to that problem. Nevertheless, the amalgamation of individual votes into state-sized blocs combined with third-party polling that is faster and more accurate than ever before means that elections are ultimately decided only by swing states. This election seems to come down to the undecideds in three counties in Ohio. Everyone else might as well stay home this year.

The election of the highest executive office in the nation ought to be a process in which candidates are accountable to all the voters, not just a small percentage. There may always be some element of needing to convince the undecideds but candidates ought to have to convince undecideds in every state, not just in the few where political affiliation is so closely balanced that the outcomes cannot be predicted.

Today the President does more than sign off on matters between the states and between the United States and foreign powers. The Federal Government has its tendrils into all areas of our lives in one way or another, and the executive office is one that ought to be decided by the vote of the people, not by a conference of representatives of each state.

As much as I hate to give more power to the majority and take it away from the states, I am finally convinced that the Electoral College has got to go.

I’ve heard some suggest that it would be good for the candidate who takes office this year to be the one with the least popular votes, as this would anger the majority enough to make a change. Maybe that would be a good catalyst, but ultimately this is something that ought to be done not because it’s good for one side or the other, but because the way it currently is benefits only the political parties, and neither represents the will of the people nor protects the interests of the states. It’s a change that ought to be made because it’s the right course for American politics.