What's the point of the Popular Vote during elections?
Is the popular vote just there for nothing but seeing how many people support the candidate? What's the point of voting then?
- ZeroSonic720Lv 63 years agoFavorite Answer
The overall popular vote doesn't have any significance other than showing who got the most votes, the reason why is because of the electoral college, the electoral college was created for just such a scenario; you see all the red states on the map? If it were not for the electoral college their votes wouldn't count they would be over shadowed by giant states with huge populations that always vote a certain way.
However, the popular vote within each state determines how the electors of those states will vote; the overall popular vote has no significance.
Our founding fathers had this all well planned out to protect our nation from internal corruption.
If we abolish the electoral college and leave it up to the popular vote all a candidate would have to do is campaign in those huge states with enormous populations like CA, NY and IL and promise them the world and win by their vote alone, the rest of the states would have no say, but then eventually there will be a candidate come along similar to how Donald Trump that claims they'll bring back the electoral college and unite the southern states against the big states and win, and then bring back the electoral college.
The electoral college makes sure the every vote counts.
Like I said, the Electoral College was created for just such a scenario to keep any 1 party from becoming too powerful and it's an important part of our constitution.
- CliveLv 73 years ago
The national popular vote is completely meaningless as it doesn't decide anything. People just happen to find it an interesting figure.
But the popular vote IN EACH STATE decides who that state's electoral votes go to, and that's why you vote. See the difference?
- JeffreyLv 73 years ago
It is interesting but irrelevant to the final outcome. What counts is the votes in the states because that is where the Electors are chosen. A lot of people apparently don't understand that it is NOT a national election. You should have learned that in school.Source(s): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXnjGD7j2B0
- harpertaraLv 73 years ago
The electoral college is based on the popular vote State by State, That is how your vote counts. Not just an overall majority, but how Your State voted.
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- 3 years ago
The electoral college votes from the popular vote in thier state
- DustbindivaLv 73 years ago
The popular vote determines how the electoral votes shall be allocated in each state. Nobody complained about the system before.
- fatboysdaddyLv 73 years ago
The popular vote for each state determines who that states electoral college people vote for.
- RUKiddingtooLv 73 years ago
It determines the electoral vote. FYI: Trump went ahead in the popular vote as well.
- AlexLv 63 years ago
It decides who gets to pick the delegates from the state and in most states how they are required to vote.
- SumDudeLv 73 years ago
Duh. The popular vote in each state determines which candidate gets the electors.