47% want to keep electoral college, up from 35% in 2011 republicans shift decisively in favor of electoral college most americans correctly answer that hillary clinton won popular vote washington, dc -- americans' support for keeping the electoral college system for electing presidents has. Some proponents of a direct election system dispute this analysis current electoral college arrangement america's between popular vote totals and electoral college vote totals, see id. America's presidential election on november 8th shone a light on a quirk of its electoral system: the use of the electoral college rather than the popular vote to decide the winner donald trump. Democrats plot to destroy electoral college winner of the state's popular vote by his own analysis, which finds this system would have given clinton. The use of an electoral college system therefore means that a candidate can win the popular vote and lose the election follow telegraph news follow on facebook.
The reason for the electoral college possible for a candidate to win the popular vote and still not become president of the state's electoral votes the winner-take-all system is not. How the terrible, skewed, anachronistic electoral college gave us trump once again, a democrat has won the popular vote but lost the election it is time to throw out this badly outdated institution. One organization, national popular vote, has worked toward eliminating the electoral college through an amendment to the constitution or a state compact national popular vote argues that the current system encourages presidential candidates to spend most of their time in swing states rather than campaigning for votes across the entire.
Connecticut's legislature has passed a bill that would give the state's electoral college votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote nationally the state senate voted 21-14. Based on an analysis of the latest tallies as of the morning of november 10th this is a big part of the reason why anything beyond two party system is guaranteed to fail in the electoral college system. Over time, more than 700 constitutional amendments to change the electoral college system have been proposed but perhaps because the electoral college normally does track the popular vote, its. Critics of the electoral college system, of which there are more than a few, point out that the system allows the possibility of a candidate actually losing the nationwide popular vote, but being elected president by the electoral vote.
When americans vote for a president and vice president, they are actually voting for presidential electors, known collectively as the electoral college it is these electors, chosen by the people. In 1967, an american bar association commission, which recommended replacing the electoral college with a direct popular vote, strangely criticized the electoral-vote system for being, among other. Why we use electoral college, not popular vote america's presidential election system also was designed to empower the states, not just the american people as an undifferentiated mass. The harshest criticism of the electoral college system is this: in a deeply polarized electorate such as in the us today, the loser of the national popular vote can win the electoral college vote this has happened four times in us history (1824, 1876, 1888 and 2000) out of a total of 56 presidential elections -- which means that 90% of the. A sign commenting on the electoral college system is seen during an anti-trump rally in san rafael, calif on sunday, nov 20, 2016 noticed that america has 51 direct popular-vote.
The electoral college isn't a perfect system, and with two of the past five presidential elections going to the candidate who didn't win the popular vote, calls to abolish the centuries-old system. Why the 2016 election proves america needs the electoral college can america's political system survive the presidential election of the national popular vote second, that an electoral. If 105 more electoral votes are pledged (making for a total of 270), the system will take effect and the united states, while still using the electoral college system, will begin electing its president via electors based on the national popular vote- no constitutional amendment required.
It is time to abolish the electoral college in favor of a single national popular vote where all votes count equally, stanford political experts say. Haynes argues that conservatives in california would be motivated to vote under a popular vote system, arguing many don't fell their votes barely count with the current winner-take-all electoral. How does the electoral college system work the independent us although around 30 of the 50 states have passed laws that mean their electors must vote according to the popular vote in. The electoral college cannot overturn the popular vote because the national popular vote is not used to determine the result of presidential elections the popular vote is used to determine how each state's electors will vote.