After the madness of this year’s presidential race for the most minority votes to sway the polls, one must conclude that, your vote might not matter after all. One can counter and suggest that, we still have the electoral votes to look forward to. Technically Donald Trump could still be defeated by Hillary Clinton. But with NYTimes forecasting an electoral win for Trump of 306 votes, we might be able to come to the conclusion that our vote again, does not matter.
Now that Americans have finished voting and Hillary Clinton becoming the victor of the popular vote by 2,000,000+ votes, give or take a few thousand, we now must recognize that Donald Trump won 279 electoral votes. There are 538 electoral votes distributed among each state of the United States. Each state varies as to the distribution of the electoral votes, meaning one state can give all their electoral votes to the winner of the state presidential result. As to other states, they can also do the opposite, by only giving a portion of their delegates to the presidential winner of the state that they won in popular vote.
Well how can Trump still be defeated since he won 279 electoral votes through the popular vote? Again, therefore we must consider if our votes matter. The electoral voting does not actually take place until the first Monday after the second Wednesday of December. That means the 538 electoral votes that the U.S. population voted for, will now be voted for. During December, there is nothing stopping an electoral vote from changing against the popular vote. Electoral votes who change their mind and vote in December are called “faithless” or “unfaithful” electors. Per some constitutional scholars, electoral votes are considered “free agents” constitutionally.
When do we find out who wins the electoral vote? As stated before, the actual electoral vote begins the first Monday after the second Wednesday of December. The results and votes will be kept secret until they are counted and revealed on the 6th of January 2017, at a joint session of Congress. Now, the Vice President, as President of the Senate, presides over the count and announces the results of the vote. The President of the Senate then declares which persons, if any, have been elected President and Vice President of the United States.
Being that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, we will not be able to know if our votes matter until the 6th of January 2017. Does your vote matter? Would love to see some comments on this.