To The Daily Sun,
Donald Trump is suggesting and insisting that this election will be rigged. Does he not realize that elections, up to and including the presidential elections, are controlled by each individual state? Each state is responsible for printing the ballots, setting up the voting machines, monitoring the polls, registering people to vote, counting the ballots (machine, written, absentee and mail-in) and certifying that the votes they are submitting are accurate.
Is Trump suggesting that the states are going to rig this election? Does he really believe that not only Democratic, but Republican governors are going to rig this election so he doesn't win?
Sadly many people including Trump's followers have no concept of how elections are conducted. Individual states report their certified results, then those votes are tabulated. According to the U.S. Constitution we then enter into the Electoral College process/phase.
According to the National Archives, the Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the president. Each state's entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its congressional delegation — one for each member in the House of Representatives plus two for the U.S. senators.
Washington, D.C., is allocated three electors during a presidential election. The electors, which make up the Electoral College, are chosen by the party that they represent.
So, in essence, voters help to choose their state's electors when they cast their vote for president. As anyone can see their vote has a twofold purpose — a vote for president but also for an elector who then participates in the Electoral College process which was established by the Founding Fathers.
The Founding Fathers incorporated the concept of the Electoral College into the U.S. Constitution. It is very important to keep in mind that the Electoral College is a very crucial and integral part of the process of our democratic way of voting.
Many have strongly suggested that this country eliminate the Electoral College component from our elections. Millions of people have called for one person, one vote and the candidate who receives the plurality of votes wins the election, with plurality being defined as "The number by which the vote of a winning candidate is more than that of the closest opponent." For this change to occur our Constitution would have to be amended.
Hopefully this explanation will help you understand why it is imperative for every citizen who is registered to vote cast a ballot in the upcoming election. The reason the media continues to poll voters in "red" and "blue" states gives them a sense of how many electoral votes each candidate will win. Sadly, it does not give us a clear-cut picture of how many people will actually vote.
Polling is random, can be biased, and only samples a very small portion of the electorate. Polling trends should never be considered the primary factor for who we cast our ballot. If the pollsters had the time and money to poll all registered voters, we would then have a very accurate picture of who is leading and who might ultimately win the election. All states, whether "red"- or "blue"-leaning, have an apportioned number of electoral votes which will determine the next president of these United States.
We as Americans are privileged to live in a free and open society where we follow the rule of law. This presidential election is one of the most important and consequential in our long and proud history. Don't let anyone try to tell you that your vote doesn't count. It counts more than ever. Please put your anger aside. Go to the polls or vote by mail because it is not only your right, but a privilege.
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