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Electoral College…Why It Is Important…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 04-05-2018


This e-mail was sent from a friend from Texas….It is a good reminder of why the electoral college is needed.
The below brief “civics essay” has been circulating since shortly after November 2016.  If you haven’t seen it before, or if you wish to refresh your memory, and regardless of your opinion of the current president’s “style,” here’s a chance…
In their infinite wisdom, the United States founding fathers created the Electoral College to ensure that all STATES are fairly represented.  They did not want one or two densely populated areas to speak for and control the destiny of the entire nation.
Here are some facts that help illustrate why the Electoral College makes sense;
·   There are 3,142 counties in the United States.
  o   Trump won a popular majority in 3,084 counties.
  o   Clinton won in 57.
·   There are 62 counties in New York State
  o   Trump won in 46.
  o   Clinton won in 16.
Clinton won the national popular vote by approximately 1.5 million. In the five counties that comprise New York City, (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Richmond & Queens, Clinton received over 2 million more votes than Trump.  Clinton won 4 of the 5 counties.  Trump won Richmond.  
·   Those 5 counties alone more than accounted for Clinton winning the national popular vote of the entire nation.
·   Those 5 NY counties comprise 319 square miles.
·   The United States area is 3,797,000 square miles.
In a nation that encompasses nearly 4 million square miles, it would seem ludicrous (with all due respect to our friends in those 57 Clinton counties nationwide) to suggest that the vote of those who inhabit 319 square miles should determine the outcome of a national election.

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