Senate Abolishment Remedies Electoral College Problems

www.uatrav.com – RSS Results in opinion,opinion/* of type article Every state is mandated to get at least three electoral college votes, one for the House of Representatives member and two for their senators. In the Senate, every single state gets two representatives.That means that California, with their sprawling population of roughly 39 million people, receives 55 electoral college votes. However, Wyoming, with their comparably tiny population of about 573,00 people, receives three votes. This might seem fair, but when we do the math, roughly, one elector represents 709,000 people in California, while in Wyoming an elector represents 193,000 people.That means that approximately one of California’s senators represents 19.5 million people while one senator in Wyoming gets to represent 286,000.
In other words, this unfair electoral college representation is a direct product of the Senate existing. That’s why they both have to go.California is home to 12 percent of Americans, but only receives 10 percent of electoral votes. Wyoming is overrepresented at 0.4 percent of votes, despite containing only 0.17 percent of Americans. The Senate representation is even more skewed, with California hosting 68 times more people than Wyoming and receiving the same representation.This is simply not fair. It’s not a representational democracy. The arbitrary lines that divide states might dictate whether you can buy alcohol on a Sunday or how much teachers get paid, but is it really just that a voter in California is worth so much less than a voter in Wyoming? It isn’t fair, nor is it fair that our legislative body with more power than any other is so unrepresentative of the views of the majority of people in our 50 states.It’s no wonder that our voter turnout rate is so incredibly low. Because the electoral college votes are based on population rather than voter turnout, if you don’t turn out to vote for president, it doesn’t really matter if you are in an overwhelmingly red …


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