A State-By-State Guide To How Much Your Vote Counts
Vocativ Nov 15, 2016
‘One person, one vote’ is one of the cornerstones of our democracy. But, as Tuesday’s election shows, that’s not quite how things work these days.
Case in point: Hillary Clinton lost the election and also received hundreds of thousands if not a million more votes than her opponent, future president Donald Trump. That outcome, because the presidency is decided by the Electoral College, has happened four times before, most recently in 2000 when Al Gore lost the election to George W. Bush despite also winning more votes.
Clinton’s loss drew renewed attention to our not-entirely-democratic voting system — with many calling for the electoral college to be abolished or overhauled. And one prominent academic crunched the numbers to show just how lopsided the system has become.
In a blog post aimed at showing “unequal voting power of U.S. citizens in presidential elections,” Harvard Law professor (and briefly, 2016 presidential candidate) Lawrence Lessig compared electoral votes held by each state to its population to highlight the discrepancy.
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