by Michael Gulett –
We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.
― Thomas Jefferson
Once again Mr. Jefferson gets it right (except for the effect of the Electoral College). Below are the numbers as they stand now for the 2016 US presidential election.
The popular vote as of now: 61,610,484 (Trump) – 63,049,607 (Clinton) – Clinton has 1,439,123 more votes than Trump – unfortunately for Clinton those votes were in the wrong states to win the majority of the Electoral College delegates. (Source: The Cook Political Report).
Clinton received about 2.9 million fewer votes than did President Obama in 2012 where Trump received only about 677 thousand more votes than Mitt Romney in 2012. A total of about 2.2 million fewer votes were cast in 2016 than 2012, mostly Democratic voters.
This is likely to be an historical US presidential election where Clinton will win the highest percentage of votes cast for any candidate who is not the winner of the election and Trump will receive the lowest percent of votes cast for any candidate who is the winner.
Trump has 306 Electoral College delegates and Clinton has 232.
Article 2 of the United States Constitution says,
Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.
It then goes on the say that the members of the Electoral College shall vote separately for president and vice president.
The United States Constitution does not say the members of the Electoral College are obligated to vote for the same candidates as the voters of their states. They may vote as they see fit on December 19.
There is a petition on change.org with about 4.5 million supporters so far petitioning the Electoral College to vote for Clinton.
What do you think would happen if the Electoral College members changed enough votes (at least a net of 38 votes would need to change) to elect Clinton?
Let us know what you think in the Comments.