The Problem with the Twelfth Amendment

ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ

The Electoral College is a constitutional farce made to mislead the public into believing their vote actually matters. So, where do we begin with the Electoral College? How about if we start with Nov. 8, 2016, when the election for the forty- fifth President of the United States was held nationwide.

Millions of dedicated citizens went out to the ballots to cast their vote. The election was between Senator Hillary Clinton and former reality star and host of The Apprentice, Donald Trump. To many people’s surprise, Donald Trump won the candidacy; winning the electoral polls 290 against Clinton’s 232 electoral votes.

The conclusion to the 2016 election brought cheers, sneers, and tears across the country, leaving many citizens screaming out, “Trump is not my president!” And I must admit, their cries do hold some justification.

In a truly Democratic election, Hillary Clinton would have won the Presidential Election. If election voting regulations were truly just, the candidate that received the most popular votes like Hillary did, 61,047,207 votes compared to 60,375,961 votes, she would have won.

Yet, that’s not how this country works, and it’s not the only time this has happened.

If we go all the way back to the 2000 Presidential Election between George W. Bush and Al Gore, the Republicans, once again, bene ted from the Electoral College.

Now this isn’t a protest or vende a-ridden agenda against the Republican Party or Donald Trump, but more of a protest against the Twelfth Amendment; which is way overdue for reformation.

The main problem of the Electoral College is that the majority of the votes cast do not actually ma er unless you belong to a “swing state,” which can be won by either major-party presidential candidate. In other words, if you are a Democrat and plan to vote for Hillary Clinton in a conservative state like Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, or Alabama, don’t even bother voting at all. The state will automatically become Republican, and the vote cast will be proven obsolete. The same logic applies to Republican supporters voting in liberal states such as California,

New York, and Oregon. Even if your party wins the popular vote in the state, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the electoral vote will go to your party. The electoral delegates for the states actually cast the critical vote and this doesn’t necessarily mean they have to vote the same way as the state.

The Founding Fathers implemented the Twelfth Amendment because they believed that some states would not be equally represented, and that the common citizen was not well-informed enough to vote rationally. But that was then and this is now; just because it is in the Constitution doesn’t mean that it is correct.

Times have changed and amendments need to be kept up.

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