electoral-college-mapIn light of the recent election, in which Donald Trump won the electoral college but lost the popular vote in the process, the soundness and expediency of the electoral system is once again being called into question. While on the surface it seems only logical and fair that the person with the most votes should always win the election, delving deeper into the issue reveals several powerful advantages of the electoral college that must be accounted for. First, the electoral ensures that both small states and big states play an important role in electing the new president. Can you imagine a candidate in a popular vote system campaigning in New Hampshire? The college system promises a balanced electorate. In fact the founding fathers established the system to prevent a rampant tyranny of a majority. Also, the college system means that the vote can be counted in one night, while votes are still being counted for weeks. In a popular vote system, the drama would drag on for days, perhaps weeks, as votes were counted, and allegations and opportunities for fraud would be much more pronounced. An we should not forget that our founding fathers, who established the greatest political enterprise ever established by humans, understood the limitations of the electoral college and established it anyway. Their wisdom has been proved over and over again in the intervening centuries, and I think not that we should deviate now.

Read the WSJ op-ed article here