Tommy: Is it time to get rid of the Electoral College?

Tommy Tucker, WWL First News
March 19, 2019 - 10:25 am

Maybe I’m hard-headed.  Perhaps I look at it in a non-partisan way.  It could be that it’s like riding a bicycle; and once I get it, I have it for life.  But there is no way my mind will accept the fact that, in today’s times, the Electoral College serves any purpose other than to invalidate votes as it relates to presidential elections.

I’ve heard the argument over and over that if the Electoral College goes away, “big liberal states like California and New York will determine who becomes President.”

That, to me, isn’t about votes counting; it’s about your side winning the election.  But I would ask you to examine it like this.  To a Trump supporter: if Hillary Clinton had won the Electoral College and Donald Trump the popular vote, would you feel the same way?  REALLY?  Do you think a Trump vote in California was even really counted?  It was not, at least to me.  If you were a Hillary Clinton supporter, did you even bother to go out and vote, knowing Louisiana was solid red?  If you didn’t, you missed out on some local elections that you should have gotten your attention and your vote.

We had a robust conversation with our guest, Lara Brown, the Director of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, about the Electoral College vs. popular vote.  These are her thoughts. What are yours?

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