The Electoral College… Old School?

Today we had our elections in our homeschool co-op.  There were two parties, the Flamingos and the Penguins.  (I actually think that is better than donkeys and elephants….)  Anyway, we’ve had campaign speeches, filmed commercials, made buttons and banners.  Today we all registered to vote and went to the polling station.  It was interesting because in the popular vote my son Keeve won, 4 to 7.  (Don’t ask the mother of two Presidential candidates who she voted for!)  Then the Flamingos and the Penguins took turns drawing the votes for the Electoral College by state.  The Flamingos were down more than 40 points toward the end… but then they pulled California.  So my older son, Austin, won the election by Electoral votes.

The experience was good for all of us…. “How did you feel winning the Popular vote, knowing that more of the people really supported you? and not the Electoral vote?”   and “How did YOU feel losing the Popular vote? and then winning the Electoral votes?”  We listened to a concession speech as well as an acceptance speech.  The victory party with pizza and brownies followed.

The whole shabang made me really question the Electoral College process.  Could our forefathers have known that the most populated states would be so blatantly liberal?  What is the point of voting if you know your state has a majority vote against your beliefs?  I realize that to change the process it would take a Constitutional amendment, but isn’t the popular vote more true to the people’s wishes?  Maybe I’m not understanding what the writers of the Constitution were trying to prevent or protect by establishing the Electoral College??? 

Please enlighten me.

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One Response to “The Electoral College… Old School?”

  1. morethananelectrician Says:

    Actually, it is odd that the whole map actually evens out between the liberal and consevative areas. Electorally (if that is a word) speaking it is almost a 50/50 split.

    I might actually call the whole thing brilliant on their part, regardless whether or not you are “blue” or “red”. They set this up hundreds of years ago and it kept us away from a “mob rule” scenario that could have been deadly during certain periods of this country.

    Brilliant.

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