Most Americans do NOT know that the election of the American President is NOT about the popular vote numbers….
Hillary Clinton BEAT Donald Trump by almost THREE MILLION VOTES….
American President’s are actually chosen not on election day , but sometime in December after the election by people who meet in the capital’s of the 50 states under the name of the Electoral College and choose the Presidency….
The number of votes isn’t the criteria….
WHERE the votes come from IS….
There is a movement to change that to way every other elected office candidate is chosen….
By popular vote….
The chances are slim that the Congress would allow this…
(The popular vote move would favor Democrats who have more registered voters)
But the effort is moving ahead on the state level entirely….
An attempt at an Electoral College workaround is gaining momentum in the Mountain West.
Democrats in Colorado and New Mexico are pushing ahead with legislation to pledge their 14 collective electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote — no matter who wins each state.
The plan only goes into effect if the law passes in states representing an electoral majority. That threshold is 270 votes, which is the same number needed to win the presidency.
Democrats have been stung by the fact that President Trump’s victory marked the second time in five cycles that a Democrat lost the presidency while winning the popular vote. 2016 was the most egregious example, with Hillary Clinton winning 3 million more votes than Donald Trump, but losing the election. It was the largest margin ever for someone who won the popular vote, but lost the Electoral College.
Proponents of the national popular vote measures have argued that it’s not political, but Republicans, who have benefited in recent elections from the Electoral College system, disagree.
And while a majority of the country has expressed support for giving the presidency to the person who wins the most votes — 55 percent in the latest Pew Research Center poll — there are sharp partisan divides. Three-quarters of Democrats are in favor of amending the Constitution to do so, but less than a third of Republicans are…..