Could the Electoral College ever change? An expert weighs in
While things could change in a number of ways, it's unlikely they will.
Created by the founding fathers, the Electoral College has been around for a while.
It’s the deciding factor in every presidency, having a major impact on our democracy. What happens when electoral votes don’t reflect the popular vote?
“It does raise a larger question of democratic legitimacy. You have a chief executive of a nation who is put into that office even though the majority of voters did not want them,” Dr. Kevin Smith with UNL said.
It’s happened twice in the last two decades, begging the question…does the electoral college benefit the voice of american voters and should it stay?
Technically, the United States could do away with the college but that would present its own problems.
“States like Texas and California are going to get all the attention and presidential campaigns. Small states like Nebraska, the Dakotas, Kansas, Wyoming are going to be afterthoughts,” Dr. Smith said.
It would all be done through a constitutional amendment presented by congress and then to the states for approval. The likelihood of that happening is slim.
Another adjustment to even the gap between popular and electoral votes?
“If all states followed the lead of Nebraska and Maine then the electoral college vote may align more closely with the popular vote,” Dr. Smith said.
We saw that exact scenario play out in Nebraska with the 2020 election as President Trump won four electoral votes but Joe Biden claimed a vote for District Two. One that could play a key role in the election.
While states could decide to follow in Nebraska and Maine’s footsteps. Dr. Smith said it is also unlikely all states would be on board.