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You are not voting for your President, you are voting for your State's Electoral College

Updated on August 17, 2016
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Amanda 25, has been writing since she was in the 8th grade. Even winning some awards for her work.

Already a predicted outcome?

Hillary coming in at 88% and Donald at 12% according to the New York Times. That is based on the latest state and national polls. Although Trump can possibly make a comeback. This means my vote can still count right? Hardly! My vote goes to telling my state's electoral college how to vote.

Electoral College

Electoral college is not a actual college, it is a process. It is 538 electors and they have the power to choose our president. Trump and Hillary have there own group of electors in each state. The electors are picked by each candidate's political party. The number of electors in each state is equal to the number of people of Congress to which the state is entitled. When you vote who you want to be our president, you are really voting for your candidate's electors. There is no Constitutional provision or Federal law that requires electors to vote according to the results of the popular vote in their states. But some states do require electors to cast there vote according to popular vote.

The results

Whether or not you agree with how this electoral system thing works, it is not going to change. With that in mind, ultimately they have the power of deciding who will lead America. Lets hope they choose wisely.

How many of you will NOT be voting this election year?

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    • Besarien profile image


      17 months ago

      I figure voting gives us the right to complain later. Plus we all get a free sticker, which is usually the most pleasant and productive part of the experience.

      The EC is just weird, out-dated, and anti-democratic. If I could, I'd vote to get rid of it, but...

    • Ken Burgess profile image

      Ken Burgess 

      2 years ago from Florida

      Nice, brief article. I am curious when this NY Times article was where Hillary had 88% vs Trump having 12%... was this the electoral votes?

      I would certainly be willing to believe that 88% of the electoral votes were already in Hillary's corner, and that no matter how many people actually voted for Trump, and how few voted for Hillary, the result would be a landslide for Hillary.

      A landslide victory for Hillary will just confirm how much of a sham the whole process is, and that it has gotten to the point where votes truly mean absolutely nothing... its all about convincing the people that they make a difference, but in reality their efforts mean nothing.

      I say this with firm confidence because the number of votes that Hillary got were equal to or less than what Trump got in many states, and Hillary was only sharing votes with one other candidate, while Trump was having to share votes against a wide array of choices for much of the process.

      And of course, these polls are answered by people who answer their phones or volunteer for such things, which does not at all reflect the millions of people who came out during the primaries to vote for Trump or Bernie that had never participated in the election process before... because the choices before did not interest them, or speak to their beliefs.

      There will be millions of people voting this year that never voted in past Presidential elections, and they will be what I call the "anti-establishment" voters... Clinton has who she has, and that will be a number of voters less than what Obama got last election (Obama was another candidate that pulled in voters that had never participated before, in 2008, but that was based on race, not anti-establishment sentiment).

      What remains to be seen is how many regular Republican voters, combined with millions of POed at Washington voters that were never-voters, or Independent or even Democrat voters in the past go for Trump.

      Trust me, if this were just a 'popular' vote, state by state... Clinton would not be winning the needed states (IE - Florida, Ohio, Penn, etc.). because she is just not liked, and now many don't trust her health/mental stability to be well enough to do the job.

    • Amanda Winter profile imageAUTHOR

      Amanda Winter 

      2 years ago from Houston, Tx

      Well said! Thanks for commenting!

    • profile image


      2 years ago

      This is a great example. Thanks for the article.

      America is NOT a democracy but a republic.

      For all of you who like the PC (pre communism), lying, division, cutting our military, selling off America to the highest bidder, and corruption, then vote for Hillary the Criminal.

      It boggles the mind when people say "Donald Trump is a racist and bigot. He's mean." He married a woman who is not white. He didn't lie to Congress under oath, lie about Benghazi, risk OUR classified information and risk lives, but then again the Left doesn't deal in facts.

      Wake up, America.

      This is not propaganda. Actual people's testimonies.

      "Clinton Cash"

      "Crisis of Character"

      "Hillary Clinton Exposed"

      "Hillary's America"

    • Amanda Winter profile imageAUTHOR

      Amanda Winter 

      2 years ago from Houston, Tx

      Thanks for commenting Credence2!

    • Credence2 profile image


      2 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Yes, I am voting this year. In our two party system, I have to select the lesser of two evils. I wanted Bernie, but Clinton even with her faults, is a saint when compared with Mr. Trump, in my opinion.

    • Amanda Winter profile imageAUTHOR

      Amanda Winter 

      2 years ago from Houston, Tx

      Thanks for commenting guys! I love to hear other people's opinions on this.

    • ronbergeron profile image

      Ron Bergeron 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, US

      I don't like either of the major 2016 presidential candidates, but I think one is even worse than the other. Third-party candidates don't stand a chance at this time. Therefore, I will be voting against one of the major candidates. That's only part of the ballot, though. There are also various state-related questions on the ballot that I plan to vote on.

    • savvydating profile image


      2 years ago

      We need to vote to uphold a Republican Senate, even if Hillary does win, which there is every reason to believe she wlil since Trump keeps making a spectacle of himself.

      I wish Kasich were on the ticket. That would be awesome!

    • lions44 profile image

      CJ Kelly 

      2 years ago from Auburn, WA

      I'm voting, just not for HRC or Trump. As a GOPer, I still hold out hope that Trump implodes before Labor Day and we can insert John Kasich. Pipe dream.

      But my faith in the electorate has been shattered by these two awful candidates. We can do so much better. Poor selection of choices on the Dem side and on the GOP side, very qualified choices who went down to defeat because of a bunch of angry, but mostly, non-Republicans. One of the reasons I don't like open primaries. This is what happens.

      I'm sharing. Get set to hear from the Trump crowd. "Don't listen to the polls," and "You don't understand what Trump is trying to do." I've been called a "sheep" so many times I've lost count.


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