Many, particularly on the left side of the political aisle, are clamoring for a popular vote to elect the President. Twice in recent memory, a Republican won over a Democrat with the electoral college majority, but not the popular majority. Apart from the fact that each state wants to have some representation when it comes to the election of a President, there is another consideration the “popular vote” people have not considered.
What if an election is really close on the popular vote? What if there’s as little as a 1/10% difference (that does happen in elections) which would, on a national basis, amount to about 125,000 votes, then that would be close enough to warrant a recount. Have the warm and fuzzy leftists figured out how to do a recount nationally? How long would that take?
What if the recount came out close, but differently? Would you have a second recount? Who would administer the recount, and how would it be handled. In the meantime, what would happen to the sitting President? Would that person continue to preside in the office? If that person continues to preside in the office, then might he/she use the confusion to muddy the waters and drag things out for an extended period of time? Would the person presiding in the office be able to legally impact legislation through vetoes and signing of bills. Would all of the other powers vested in the Presidency be continued including, but not limited to, executive orders?
What if neither the Democrats or the Republicans could be satisfied with the recount because it was so close. What if the winner changed in a recount? Would multiple recounts be required. Would more corruption be infused into the system in the recount process? The questions could go on and on, and still it begs the question of how each state is to be fairly represented, or do we want California, Texas and New York to determine our President every election at the expense of the “flyover” states in the farm belt, rust belt, ranch belt etc. Before you push for a popular vote of the President, get these questions settled. The founders already did, and they came up with the electoral college.
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