Switch to popular vote for presidential elections

November 27, 2012

By Salma Mahmoud

Salma Mahmoud
Skyline High School

Before the recent election, I heard too many adults say that they wouldn’t be hitting the polls since they believe their vote “doesn’t really matter.” However, that is only true on a national basis. On a state basis, the popular vote does essentially mean the electoral vote. Though many might appreciate this system, I believe that the idea of “winner-takes-all” is simply unfair.

For example, though the state of Washington has voted for Democrats in past elections, there are still Republicans living here. Why do their votes essentially “not matter?” Is it fair to let the voices of a smaller population be drowned out by the popular opinion? The same goes for Democrats living in a historically red state. Shouldn’t their votes go toward something?

That’s why I propose the use of popular vote.

With this, every single vote in the country will be counted and our leader will be elected with the very principles this country was founded upon: liberty and justice for all. A vote is a vote, no matter the “color” of the state it comes from.

There is no need for a middleman between our votes and the result of the election.

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