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The Popular Vote Should Decide The Presidential Election

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    Here I am with yet another hypothetical forum. But I think this is perhaps my single biggest complaint with elections in general. And I wonder how alone I am in this thinking. Okay, here it is..

    I think we should completely do away with electoral college voting and chose the presidency strictly on the entire country's popular vote alone.

    Want EVERY vote to truly, truly matter? Make the popular vote the decider. How can you see a map with a state with only 3% reporting, and call it one way or the other, for just one example? Gerrymandering/redistricting, and red/blue districts, among the main reasons.

    Electoral voting inherently gives way to selective campaigning and vast efforts to 'rig' or said politely 'skew' the results only where it makes sense and is advantageous. It's an antiquated system that makes me angry watching it all play out.

    Can anyone explain to me why this wouldn't be a good idea?

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    You are absolutely right. I was just having a conversation about this exact subject. I think it's ridiculous to have the electoral college at all. It makes the popular vote pretty much null and void. If that is the case, why vote at all? Why not just leave it up to the ones who actually get to decide?

    You are also right on saying the only what for EVERY vote to truly matter, is to do away with this electoral system. Call me a conspiracist, but I see the electoral college as just another last line of defense if things aren't going someones way.

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    PentagonWall Wrote:

    You are absolutely right. I was just having a conversation about this exact subject. I think it's ridiculous to have the electoral college at all. It makes the popular vote pretty much null and void. If that is the case, why vote at all? Why not just leave it up to the ones who actually get to decide?

    You are also right on saying the only what for EVERY vote to truly matter, is to do away with this electoral system. Call me a conspiracist, but I see the electoral college as just another last line of defense if things aren't going someones way.

    Every reason why I didn't bother to vote today.
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    With 99% reporting, here is how the popular vote turned out:

    Hilary Clinton - 59,794,940
    Donald Trump - 59,588,437

    That's a difference of 206,503 votes. Assuming that gap holds (or even grows) does this make you want this change even more? Or do you still think that the system is what it is, and you take the result on the chin (if you didn't want Trump) and we do this all over again in 4 years?

    I know it would take a miracle of legislation to amend our constitution to change this, but I would love to see it happen.