Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentElections · 1 month ago

In Reality, it is the Electoral College that elects the US President, SO Why do Americans have the Popular Vote at all? What is the point?

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Everybody loves a beauty contest.

  • 1 month ago

    I agree with you entirely.

  • Tmess2
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The electoral college is established by the Constitution, but the Constitution allows each state to establish the rules for choosing the electors. Each state uses the popular vote (with most using a winner-take-all system but two giving one elector per congressional district to the winner in each congressional district).

    p.s. The two or three big states aren't large enough by themselves to swing the popular vote. Look at the numbers. California had approximately 10% of the vote in 2016. In a close race, the large states, of course, have more votes to potentially swing the election if those individual states are not close, but it is rather difficult for them to flip an election if one candidate has a significant margin in the rest of the country. The current system doesn't force candidates to focus on small states. It forces them to focus on states that are close, primarily large states like Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, and Georgia.

  • Jeff D
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The popular vote in each state is what chooses the electoral college.

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  • helene
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    To elect the electors, dummy.

  • David
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The popular vote does count.  The Electoral College was established so that the biggest states don't have power over the smaller states.  Without the Electoral College, California, Illinois and New York would decide all the elections, and Democrats could afford to ignore underpopulated states like Rhode Island, Wyoming and New Mexico.

  • We don't have a popular vote for president. References in the media to the "popular vote" are just an attempt to create the impression that Hillary Clinton is somehow the right winner and the system is unfair.

    Of course, anybody can invent a set of rules after the fact under which they would have won. It doesn't mean squat.

  • xyzzy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The vote is for electors to the electoral college, who typically are pledged to a canidate. There is no popular vote for President.

    • Tmess2
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      Not quite true. Most states list the presidential candidates rather than the electors pledge to that candidate. So while the effect may be to select the electors, there is a state-by-state popular vote for president.

  • 1 month ago

    the popular vote is just a tally of votes, it has no official purpose, though it should, the EC is bullsh!t and unfair, it makes no sense that someone in Wyoming's vote is worth 6 times the vote of someone in California

    • David
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      California is so insane, their votes are worth less than the poop their drug addicts leave on the sidewalks.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The popular vote is just a tally. It doesn't have any impact on the actual outcome of the election.

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