Free and fair US elections?

 By 1P1V and 11081920 publications. Updated Feb 23 8:24 AM -  Twitter

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The 2016 US Presidential election was won in two very different ways

65.8 million people voted for Hillary Clinton while 62.9 million people voted for Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton clearly won the popular vote while Donald Trump clearly won the electoral college vote 306 to 232. The people voted for Hillary Clinton overwhelmingly but because the United States of America does not follow the direct vote of its own people but rather uses a weighted point system, Donald Trump won the Presidency while losing the popular vote.

In most cases when the popular vote does track with the electoral college vote, voters are usually satisfied with the overall vote results, however as is the case now, when one vote diverges from the other we are reminded that this system is not fair.

Candidates and political parties on both sides strategize to spend time and money in 11 battleground states Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

While heaping tons of energy, resources and promises on these 11 states, candidates and parties completely ignore every other state in our union, assuming these other non-battleground states will simply vote for one parties nominee as they have done in many past elections, and for the most part this is exactly what happens, 11 battleground states determine the outcome of our Presidential elections. This is completely unfair to the will of the American people, it is unfair to democracy to allow national political parties to manipulate our elections by only courting a small subset of voters, and it is egregious that a minority set of voters gets this unfair advantage.

In our country we do protect the minority, however that should not mean we empower the minority to rule the true majority of Americans with a handicap advantage in the electoral college. More votes for one candidate should equal power, it should be that simple. Our elections would be very different if we simply counted the popular vote and only the popular vote. Just look at the data..

How do we get to the change we want ? There are two paths.

The Republican party has won the popular vote 1 time in 24 years, but because of our weighted, unfair vote system the GOP had control of the White House many times in that 24 years when they actually lost the popular vote.

The time is now to change this unfair system. It is very simple, 1 person, 1 vote. The candidate with more votes wins. This system will force the candidates to go to all 50 states and court all voters, Gay, Straight, Black, White, Latino, Asian, Conservative, Progressive, Liberal, Right, Left, Women and Men... EVERYONE. It will force the parties to put forth more moderate candidates that voters in all states can accept and it will give us better candidates.

This is what we deserve.

Continuing with this system will only continue to empower a small subset of people, mostly older, white, rural voters. Voters that do not represent the large population centers in our cities that want social justice, clean energy, compassion for the less fortunate, no wars, and a society that advances and is not completely determined by greed.

We can and MUST do this. We can not continue to have 3 million more people vote for one candidate and then lose and be governed by a completely opposite set of principals than ours. We are the real Majority and we should run our country.

Change is never easy, this will not be either. We will have to standup and fight for this. The politicians love the system they have, the parties love the system they have, the corporations love the system they have, and even a few voters love the system they have. They will fight, they will call this radical and they will stand in the way every time they can but if 65.8 million people want something there is NOTHING that can stop this. It will just take commitment and time.

How do we get to the change we want?  There are two paths.

So what now?

Path 1, support the national popular vote movement which has already been enacted in 11 states and will go into legal force automatically when enough states pass the national popular vote compact that equals 270 electoral votes. We need 105 electoral votes for it to go into force. This system bypasses the hard road of getting a constitutional amendment and allows states to simply say they will use their electoral votes towards whoever the popular vote winner is. Simple and effective.

Path 2, get a US Constitutional Amendment. Altering the US Constitution consists of proposing an amendment and subsequent ratification of that amendment. Amendments may be proposed either by the US Congress with a two-thirds vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate or by a convention of states called for by two-thirds of the state legislatures. To become part of the Constitution, an amendment must be ratified by either Congress or the legislatures of three-quarters of the states or state ratifying conventions in three-quarters of the states.

So what now?

Be a advocate, this is the most important aspect, tell everyone you know that it is time.. it is time for a change. Tell them that more people voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and yet we got Donald and it is just not fair. Ask them to tell their friends so they simply understand what happened. Everyone understanding in simple terms is the key to ignite this fire. People today do not understand what happened. If you do nothing else, just explain what really happened to everyone you know.

Ok so you want to do more?

Get started by registering at wolf-pac.com and nationalpopularvote.com and volunteer to call you're states representatives and tell them you want a "Constitutional Amendment for a national direct voting system" and you also want them to support the "National Popular Vote" movement. wolf-pac.com has people that will help you get started and has a great plan of action.