The System is Broken

By Carrington Walsh (Harvard College Undergraduate)

The system is broken. For years, I along with many other Americans could see that the electoral college system is outdated and unfairly value one person’s vote more than another’s. This system, established in the late 1700s, was created to give more power to less populous states. In a sense, it was established to ensure that the voices of the minority were heard. However, this was a different time. Today, we have increased technology, making it easier than ever to reach representatives and have opinions heard. Right now, any American could tweet their representative or look up an email address for their representative in less than 30 seconds. This was by no means the case in 1787. While the electoral college system made sense then, it only causes upsets today. 

Because of the electoral college, each vote this election that went toward Donald Trump weighed about 0.5% more than each vote that went to Hillary Clinton. 0.5 percent. That number adds up quickly. 

Regardless of which side you are on, as a country, I believe we need to recognize this large fault in our election system. Furthermore, we should fight to fix this defect and ensure everyone’s voice is heard in politics rather than neglected because of an unjust system. My voice is worth exactly the same as a teacher in Ohio, a small business owner in Florida, and a line cook in Pennsylvania, which is something the current system fails to see. 

One vote should equal one vote, not 1.005 votes. 

She may have lost the electoral college, but she won the popular vote. I am most certainly still with her.