The Voice Of The Unheard

Breakdown of the electoral college

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Miguel Patino, Print Editor

The electoral college has been a crucial step in the process of the past elections. In 2016 the electoral college elected President Donald Trump. The records showed that over three million American citizens voted in favor of Hillary Clinton but still lost.

The founding fathers were scared that if candidates won by the popular vote than the bigger states in population would always dictate the election. The electoral college gives a voice to smaller states in the population to have an opinion in the country’s political decisions. States such as California and New York are some of the biggest states to vote during the election while Wyoming and Utah doesn’t get as much representation.

When voters cast ballots on election day in each state, you’re not voting for a candidate but instead voting for a slate of electors who pledge to vote for that candidate. Swing states or toss up states are states that can reasonably be won by either Republicans or Democrats depending on the year. They are important because of the electoral votes given to each candidate.

The number of people who have voted is exceeding that of the 2016 election. This election would be one of the most important elections in history and it’s not going to be an easy battle. The results posted Saturday morning Biden won Pennsylvania, the same state Trump won in 2016 and shortly after it also took Nevada, taking his win to 290.