Push for change after final US election voting results revealed

Donald Trump has officially been voted the president of the United States. So you might be wondering why everyone is
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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump race to the White House.

Donald Trump has officially been voted the president of the United States.

So you might be wondering why everyone is still talking about the US election then?

Well, the official full voting results have been released and it looks like the result wasn’t as you’d assume.

CNN reports that Hillary Clinton ended up with nearly 3 million (2.1%) more votes than Donald Trump.

But because of the way the electoral college system works in the US, it was Trump who emerged the winner.

It turns out that Clinton is one of only a handful of candidates to ever lose the election, despite getting more votes than her opponent.

In fact, more people voted for Clinton than they voted for Obama in the 2012 election.

The results, which were as many political observers expected, have some Americans asking – why shouldn’t the person with the most votes be the winner?

If that was the case, there are many who agree a different president would be in the White House next month.

There’s now a push by some in the US to change the system of voting.

Senator Barbara Boxer, who is retiring from politics, introduced a bill after the election to abolish the electoral college system.

“This is the only office in the land where you can get more votes and still lose the presidency,” she said in a statement.

“The Electoral College is an outdated, undemocratic system that does not reflect our modern society, and it needs to change immediately.”

Trump has already dismissed those results repeatedly, taking to Twitter on Wednesday morning claiming he would have won if the winner was based on the candidate with the most votes.

“I would have done even better in the election, if that is possible, if the winner was based on popular vote — but would campaign differently,” he wrote.

But before Australians can point fingers and blame the system, the same thing can actually happen in our system.

A party can still lose the election even if gets more votes than the others, simply because of the way preference deals work.

Surely many of you would like to see the person with the most votes in?

What do you think? Should the person who gets the most votes win? or do you support the voting systems in the US and Australia?

 

  1. Michele Mathers  

    I have always believed that the only true democratic vote is without the party preferences. The politicians won’t allow the people to change it though because it would be much harder for them to be able to ‘ buy’ their seats with backing from the big corporations. Politicians should be elected on their merits and performance in working for the long term good of 1. the population they represent 2. the country 3. the world environment and NOT for sucking up to the oligarchs and feathering their own nests. It should be an honour to represent and work for our country not a political sinecure at the expense of those ‘beneath’ them.

  2. Joan Marshall  

    God spared us from Hillary Clinton. The amount uncovered about her is appalling. I would not vote for her if you paid me a million dollars. No politician is a Saint but Donald is a Saint in comparison to Hillary.

  3. himraj  

    I think the system is perfect and the fore fathers when they devised this system actually took into consideration that there can be no power center. If you see the 3% popular votes that Hillary got, she got it all from the state of California. So if we had gone only with the popular votes to decide the outcome of an election, then all the smaller states would have lost their importance and politicians would have given all the importance to California and other few states and won the elections, this would have created an imbalance in the system. Anyone who is asking for a change is actually asking for the imbalance in the system. If Hillary wanted to win she could have listened to what the people in the hinterland were saying and come up with some proposals to address those issues, instead she was happy being the popular candidate. The whole idea of the electoral college is that the concerns and aspirations of the entire country is looked into and not just the popular ones. Every politicians in the country needs to take this into considerations so that every one feels they are part of the system and not alienated. When ever the people feel alienated the usual tendency is for them to move to the some fringe elements to get their voice heard and that creates problem. Hence its for the politicians to ensure that they take the country forward as a whole and as a part. Lets not blame the Electoral college for Hillary’s defeat. She may be fit to be the Governor of California but not the President of The United States Of America.

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