Monday, November 21, 2016

With the most recent US Presidential election in the books, let me examine a few numbers closely. The two most populous states, (California and New York) gave Hillary Clinton the advantage in the popular vote. Donald Trump had more votes in the other 48 states overall. The four states with the most population make up 1/3 of the total US population, while the other 46 states account for only 67% of the population. This is why the electoral college is in place, so a few states can't determine the election when the vast majority of the other states show support for the other candidate. Each state has a proportional amount of electoral votes depending on the population in the state. Each state has its fair stake in the outcome of the election. It's a process that has worked and will continue to work, even if sometimes (on a rare occasion) the popular vote is for the candidate that ultimately loses.