Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but lost the presidential election because the Electoral College, a body that elects the president and the vice president of the United States every four years, is the determining factor in who becomes president.
According to numerous polls most Americans would like to see that body abolished. It is easy to see why.
The Electoral College privileges some voters over others. For example, Wyoming has three electoral votes and only 563,626 citizens (as of the 2010 census). As a result each of Wyoming's three electoral votes corresponds to 187,875 people.
That means folks in Wyoming have more than three times as much clout in the Electoral College as an average American. That’s not very democratic.
The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the entire United States. It has been enacted into law in 10 states (and the District of Columbia) with 165 electoral votes, and will take effect when enacted by states with 105 more.
Let’s hope that happens before the 2020 presidential election. Common sense and fairness demand it.
Martin H. Levinson