Make electoral votes proportional

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   Many voters feel disenfranchised because their votes went seemingly unheard in the 2016 Presidential Election. Popular vote count (source CNN 11/13/2016) shows Hillary Clinton: 60,981,118 to Donald Trump: 60,350,241; while Electoral votes tell a different story: 290 for Trump vs 232 Clinton. Despite a near even popular vote split the Electoral College gives Trump an unrepresentative lead.    

This is the second time this century the United States will elect a president who did not win the popular vote. The same thing occurred in 2000 when Al Gore won the popular vote but George W. Bush won the presidency. In fact, this is the fifth time in U.S. history this has occurred.

Members of the Electoral College cast their votes in an all or nothing fashion. Election reform should include a provision requiring Electoral College members to cast their votes proportionally according to the popular votes they are representing.

While the Electoral College serves a purpose, the way it currently works does not serve the majority. Instead, please urge congress to amend the constitution to make Electoral Votes proportional for future elections.



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