First let me describe a couple terms:
- Popular Vote (“we the people”): the actual people of the United States casting a vote on a ballot
- Electoral Vote (“the Electoral College”): a few people chosen by the leaders of each political party to cast a vote. (The people have no say in who gets an “electoral vote”!)
FIVE PRESIDENTS WHO WERE VOTED IN BY THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE, NOT THE PEOPLE
- In 1824, John Quincy Adams was elected president despite not winning either the popular vote or the electoral vote. Andrew Jackson was the winner in both categories. Jackson received 38,000 more popular votes than Adams, and beat him in the electoral vote 99 to 84. Despite his victories, Jackson didn’t reach the majority 131 votes needed in the Electoral College to be declared president. In fact, neither candidate did. The decision went to the House of Representatives, which voted Adams into the White House.
Summary: Even though John Quincy Adams lost the election (the people did not want him in office), the electoral college voted him in anyway, because the people’s vote didn’t matter.
- In 1876, Rutherford B. Hayes lost the popular won the election (by a margin of one electoral vote), but he lost the popular vote by more than 250,000 ballots to Samuel J. Tilden.
Summary: Even though Rutherford B. Hayes lost the election (the people did not want him in office), the electoral college voted him in anyway, because the people’s vote didn’t matter.
- In 1888, Benjamin Harrison received 233 electoral votes to Grover Cleveland’s 168, winning the presidency. But Harrison lost the popular vote by more than 90,000 votes.
Summary: Even though Benjamin Harrison lost the election (the people did not want him in office), the electoral college voted him in anyway, because the people’s vote didn’t matter.
- In 2000, George W. Bush was declared the winner of the general election and became the 43rd president, but he didn’t win the popular vote either. Al Gore holds that distinction, garnering about 540,000 more votes than Bush. However, Bush won the electoral vote, 271 to 266.
Summary: Even though George W. Bush lost the election (the people did not want him in office), the electoral college voted him in anyway, because the people’s vote didn’t matter.
- In BOTH 2008 and 2012, even though according to the story we’re being fed Senator John McCain (2008) and Mitt Romney (2012) lost the majority, since Barack Obama supposedly won the popular vote by 51%, it didn’t matter what anyone voted for because the if the electoral college had decided Romney won, it didn’t matter who the people voted for because the electoral college has the power to ignore the people and put whoever they want in office. Worse, since many of his voters were actually illegal immigrants, that helped to outweigh legitimate Americans’ votes. Even worse, the whole system was rigged anyway, in reality he didn’t actually win anything. Whoever wanted him in office put him in there against the will of the true American people.
Summary: It didn’t matter who you voted for, because the electoral college chose who they wanted in office regardless of what the people wanted. They had the power to elect whoever they wanted against the will of the people. The people’s vote didn’t matter.
SO WHAT CAN YOU DO?It is important to note, however, that even though technically your vote doesn’t matter for the election itself, that doesn’t mean your vote doesn’t make an impact. If the people vote a majority for a President, then this definitely puts pressure on the electoral college to please the people. In other words, it’s highly unlikely that if a candidate wins by a landslide that the electoral college would go completely against the will of the people and vote the loser in. Usually, subterfuge is done instead, such as rigging elections, excess marketing, and bringing in non-Americans to try to outweigh the American vote.
Another important factor to note is that this only applies to the Presidential vote. In fact, for local elections, your vote really does count. In fact, even if you don’t vote in Presidential elections, you should still vote in local elections, because it is those local people who will be representing you and the ones who will be putting major pressure on the electoral college and technically non-voted representatives such as the President to actually follow the will of the people.
So, in reality, your vote really does matter. Only thing is that your Presidential vote has little effect; it is the local elections which really determine the will of the people because local elections are voted into office by majority voting, unlike the Presidency. It is only tragic that the American voting marketing puts so much emphasis on voting for the President when in reality that doesn’t matter very much directly, but rather voting in local elections is what really matters. So go out, vote in some local elections! Read about your local candidates – Sheriffs, Council Members, Mayors, Representatives, Senators, and other truly elected officials.
Also, don’t forget to vote in the Presidential election too! Why? Well do you want people saying that the candidate you wanted in “won by majority”? Well if all you actually educated American people don’t go and vote for the President, first off there will be no pressure on the electoral college to vote in the correct President, and second they will rub it in your face claiming “well he won by majority” when really that isn’t true but he won by default because you couldn’t be bothered to go out on election day.
We might not be able to change the system in one day, but we can change it over decades. First go out and vote in your local elections. Second, watch the Presidential debates and choose the best true American President you you think will best serve the American people. Just because you don’t vote the President in by majority rule doesn’t mean your vote doesn’t make an impact, because it does make an impact! Good luck America!
Welcome my friend, Helper Cat says you need to register for that! :)