Below you will find links to the 3 previous tweet threads in this series on the Electoral College. I appreciate everyone’s interest in this as coincidentally there is a lot of press coverage on this topic lately.
That heavy air doesn’t dissipate as you ponder what you just read. Your child can see you’re thinking and they are looking at you intently as you digest what you just read. Finally you look up at them and say, “what I am reading is
“Yes, got it. Makes sense.”
Section 1. The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his office during the term of four years,
“That’s right pops.”
“You are correct again.”
“Yep.” Their eyes are focused on everything you’re saying, almost anticipating what you’re going to say next.
“Let me answer that question the way my professor did when I asked the same question. What states today have the largest population?”
“Right! And they are both leaning Democrat because of the urban voters in both of those states. What are some other states that have large cities?”
“Hypothetically? Yes it could.”
“How. That is ridiculous!”
You nod, acknowledging the data.
Again you nod.
“What’s that again?”
“This is where enough states join together to award their Electoral Votes to the candidate who wins the popular vote.”
“It does and it doesn’t. Before the last election each state would award their Elector’s votes to the popular vote in their state instead of the national popular vote. Now they look at the overall vote totals and cast their votes accordingly.”
“Well dad, it depends on who you are. Are you part of a faction? Do you support the majority with everything the majority wants to do?”
“Ok. I know you voted for the eventual winner, even though they did not win the Electoral College before the change. Why did you vote the way you did?”
“Sounds good pops. I’ve really enjoyed these chats.”