Today, the Electoral College will cast its vote and Donald Trump will be formally elected as our next president. Of course there are calls, and quite frankly have been for years, to abolish the Electoral College. I know, Republicans are claiming that Democrats at calling for the Electoral College to be abolished because they lost. But Republicans have also been known to want to either abolish the Electoral College or modify it.
You may remember after the last two Presidential elections in 2008 and 2012, Republicans started floating the idea that the Electoral College should not be a winner take all. They were seriously looking at having each district elect their own Elector based on the district vote. They figured that they could win elections due to the gerrymandering they have done in several states since the 2010 census.
I have had my doubts about the Electoral College for years. I cannot understand why the winner isn’t based on the total popular vote. The Presidency is the only office in our country that is not based on popular vote. It is time for that to change I believe.
However, there are two things that help make that hard to do. If the election is based on popular vote, it is still possible for the “winner” to not be selected by the “majority” or over 50 percent of the people. Especially if there happens to be a strong third-party candidate.
That means if no one wins at least 50 percent of the vote, do we name that person the winner, or do we have a “runoff” between the two with the most votes? That would probably be the best bet, but people are already complaining that the election takes too long now. Still, I would favor that system over the Electoral College.
I know there are a lot of arguments to keep the Electoral College, but when you can win the Presidency without getting the majority of the votes of the people something is wrong with that picture. When there were only 48 states, you could actually win the Presidency by winning only 16 states. That wasn’t fair then, and it isn’t fair now.
However, the biggest threat to eliminating the Electoral College is the Republican big lie. Voter Fraud. Every election we keep hearing Republicans complaining about the election being stolen from them because of Voter Fraud. Because of this big lie, it will be very hard to get the people, especially the conspiracy wackos to believe that the popular vote is “fair” and square.
We have seen that this year big time. Donald Trump is proving to be a sore winner. He claims that he would have won the popular vote if you deduct the “millions of illegal votes cast”. In the Soviet Socialist State of North Carolina, the Republican Governor complained about “voter fraud” costing him his reelection bid.
He claimed this for weeks after the election. Problem is that every voting district voting commission was controlled by his party. Meaning that his own party, apparently, stole the election from him. As Donald Trump would say “sad”.
There is a problem with all of this wrangling about voter fraud. It is so miniscule that in reality one could say it doesn’t exist. But, that doesn’t stop Republicans from using the lie every election or to use the lie to suppress the vote from minorities they believe will vote against them.
In this past election there were over 137.7 million votes cast and election and law enforcement officials in 26 states and the District of Columbia — Democratic-leaning, Republican-leaning and in-between — said that so far they knew of no credible allegations of fraudulent voting. Officials in another eight states said they knew of only one allegation.
You can see the vast number of illegal voters who went to the polls, can’t you. Even in the Soviet Socialist State of North Carolina, the state found no voter fraud in the governor’s election. Nor the General election. It did not happen.
Yet Republicans want to keep the big lie going. They refuse to admit they are lying and that voter fraud is persistent all across the country. The conservative Heritage Foundation has published online what it calls an incomplete list of voter fraud and other election-law violations dating to 1982, roughly 450 cases involving both voters and public officials. Properly written, laws requiring voters to display IDs “could increase the fairness of the election process for everyone, regardless of party,” Hans von Spakovsky, the manager of the foundation’s Election Law Reform Initiative, said.
As you can see the voter fraud problem must be rampant. Since 1982, the Heritage Foundation, a very conservative Republican group, claims there were about 450 cases of voter fraud. 450 cases in a country during a time span when about one billion votes were cast!
In e you are wondering, that comes out to about 0.0000004 percent for this rampant voter fraud the Heritage Foundation claims is going on. That surely must have changed election results against Republicans. Their own numbers show what a big lie it really is.
This election did show us that we are vulnerable to tampering with our elections. Russia has proven it can hack into the DNC and other offices. We know that hacking is a huge problem in our day-to-day lives. Look at the number of ID theft that takes place all the time.
With our election process being more and more dependent upon computers, we need to look at how we can defend those computers from hacking and protect the integrity of the vote. The hacking problem is far more egregious than the so-called “voter fraud” taking place, or rather not taking place at the polling booth.
But, we also have a president-elect who refuses to even believe that Russia was behind the hacking, even though every single intelligence agency and several private cyber security companies have all said it was Russia. Even if you don’t think that the outcome of the election was a direct result of this interference, and I for one do not, you must consider it a threat to future elections.
It is this area that politicians need to focus more of their attention on. It is the hacking potential that needs to be addressed, not the in-person voting fraud that doesn’t exist. Yet, with a few exceptions, Republicans in both the House and Senate are doing their best to downplay any investigations into this problem.
They don’t seem to care if Russia or anyone else can hack into our cyber systems. Or maybe they just don’t care because the hacks were targeting Democrats not Republicans. They need to stop the partisan politics they have been practicing at least long enough to find out the seriousness of this hacking problem and finding a way to stop it.
The interference by foreign governments into our elections is far more serious considering everything that is at stake. Foreign Policy, immigration, climate change, and a host of other international issues. I am far more concerned about this problem than the non-existent voter fraud at the booth.
The Republicans still want to whip up a frenzy about non-existent “voter fraud” at the polling booth. They don’t want to whip up a frenzy about a foreign country trying to interfere with our election process. Maybe you should ask yourself, Why?
Every election we hear Republicans complain about “massive voter fraud”. And, after every election we discover that it doesn’t exist. This year we were forced to see the potential of a foreign country interfere with our process by hacking into our cyber systems. That is a far more serious problem than the big lie.
The Big Lie needs to die a very quiet death. We have more serious potential problems with our elections than the Big Lie. Our “leaders” need to do something about those potential problems and forget the Big Lie.
Hell, even when their party runs elections in a state, Republicans will still complain about “voter fraud” if their man loses. Just ask Chairman Pat in the Soviet Socialist State of North Carolina. Even with total control of the process, he still lost.