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This President's Day - It's Time to Eliminate the Electoral College

Friends, if you look at research done by Pew (a conservative leaning think tank), it shows that the majority of states have a near even number of registered Republicans and registered Democrats.


Only fourteen states show over fifty percent supporting one party or the other. Those fifty percent or more Republican are Alabama, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. Those fifty percent or more Democrat are Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont.


Twelve states have less than 2 percent difference between registered voters in each party (party in the slight majority shown): Arizona (R), Colorado (D), Georgia (Tie), Iowa (R), Kentucky (R), Louisiana (D), Mississippi (R), Missouri (D), North Carolina (D), Ohio (R), Texas (D), West Virginia (R), and Wisconsin (Tie).


The following states lean Republican with percentages noted (the remainder of voters are registered as Independent): Alaska (39% R, 32% D), Arkansas (46% R, 38% D), Idaho (49% R, 32% D), Indiana (42% R, 37%D), Kansas (46% R, 31% D), Montana (49% R, 30% D), Nebraska (47% R, 36% D), Oklahoma (45% R, 40% D), South Carolina (43% R, 39% D), Tennessee (48% R, 36% D), and Virginia (43% R, 39% D).


The following states lean Democrat with percentages noted: California (49% D, 30% R), Florida (44% D, 37% D), Illinois (48% D, 33% R), Maine (41% D, 36% R), Michigan (47% D, 34% R), Minnesota (46% D, 39% R), Nevada (46% D, 37% R), New Hampshire (44% D, 35% R), New Mexico (48% D, 37% D), Oregon (47% D, 32% R), Pennsylvania (46% D, 39% R), Rhode Island (48% D, 30% R), and Washington (44% D, 33% R).


Twenty-two states lean Republican. Twenty-two states lean Democrat. Two are a toss-up. (With DC, they total 51).


So, what does this all mean?


If one hundred percent of the voters in every Republican leaning state were awarded to the Republican candidate for president, that candidate would get 44,543,000 votes. If one hundred percent of the voters in every Democrat leaning state were awarded to the Democratic candidate for president, that candidate would get 115,096,000 votes. However, we know each state is divided. If each state's voters voted straight party lines and pulled their total percentage of voters from the Independents in their state, the Republican candidate would have 74,349,520 votes. The Democrat would have 88,275,225. If the Republican were awarded the win because of the control of the electoral college, this nation would disenfranchise 13,925,705 voters.


Think those numbers sound familiar. It is because they mimic recent election with a small decrease due to voters who did not vote. In 2020, Biden had 81,284,666 votes. Trump had 74.224,319. This trend will continue until the electoral college is abolished. The electoral college was created before the existence of political parties. Those establishing the voting system in this country thought each elector would vote their conscience, but instead those votes are tied to party loyalty. So this President's Day, it is time to abolish the Electoral College to allow the 2024 election to be by pure popular vote.


There have only been five times when the winner of the election lost the popular vote. Two of them have been in this century (there were none in the 20th Century). And right now, it looks like 2024 could become the 6th because of gerrymandering and voter disenfranchisement.



It is time to abolish the electoral college and become a true democracy where each person gets one vote. Period. We want a fair election. Let the people decide. Write your elected officials now - no matter which party you belong to and demand that we get a vote this year where every citizen's voice is heard.


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