At last count, Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 2.7 million votes. She won 48.2% of the popular vote to his 46.2%. This is unprecedented. Never has the loser had a lead of 2.7 million votes over the winner.

 

It is time to abolish the Electoral College.

 

When people say that the Electoral College protects sparsely populated states against domination by the big cities, I say hogwash.

 

Why should the vote of someone in a rural area count more than the vote of someone in a big city?

 

Democracy means one person, one vote. Nothing more, nothing less.

 

The Electoral College is a vestige of a mindset that feared democracy, that sought mechanisms to protect against the rule of “the mob.” The Electoral College was designed to protect the power of the slave-holding states. Read law professor Paul Finkelman’s essay on “The Proslavery Origins of the Electoral College.” See also this article in The Nation.

 

The Constitution as originally written did not permit direct election of Senators; they were selected by state legislatures. That was changed by amendment in 1913. The Constitution as originally written did not permit voting by nonwhites, women, and people who did not own property. All of that was wiped away over time as undemocratic.

 

Now we are left with the last remaining protection against democracy: the Electoral College.

 

When people write in defense of the Electoral College, I ask whether they would be okay about having their Governor elected by district representatives, rather than popular vote. It makes no sense.

 

It makes no sense that we elect a president who lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes.

 

If the shoe were on the other foot, if the candidate of the other party had won, I would say exactly the same. We now have a national election and national media. Whoever is chosen by the majority of voters should be President of these United States.