In two of the last five presidential elections the winner has received less of the popular vote than the winner. At the time of this writing Hillary Clinton received 230,053 more votes than Donald Trump or more than a quarter of a million people, which is 1.2 percent more votes for Clinton.
In the case of Al Gore he won by 543,895 votes in 2000, but lost the Electoral College.
So, how does Trump get 55 percent to 45 percent of the electoral vote and yet win the presidency while losing the popular vote or the number that truly represents the true will of the people?
It is because we have an archaic system whose time has passed. No other election, be it governor, senator or dogcatcher, do we have a winner who receives less of the vote. It makes no sense, and for the Republican in California or the Democrat in Alabama they know that their vote means nothing in the larger scheme of things.
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Yes, their vote does apply to the other offices, but not the presidential election. The Electoral College needs to be dissolved and the popular vote used to determine our president.