Your Vote Matters

Why, even with an Electoral College, your singular vote matters


Mollie Banstetter

It is imperative to our democracy that everyone votes, no matter who you vote for, your vote matters.

Mollie Banstetter, Layout Editor

You may have seen the phrase “your vote matters” plastered all over Instagram lately. Here’s why you need to cast your ballot. In presidential elections, your vote is synonymous with your voice. Whoever wins will be the commander in chief for the next four years. 

The electoral college has caused many Americans confusion. The idea of it may seem perplexing, but it’s not all that complicated. 

Government teacher Ms. Holmes explains the electoral college like this:

“The electoral college is the formal way we elect the president and vice president of the United States,” she said. “There are 538 electors in the electoral college that are trying to be ‘won’ by the Republican and Democratic candidates. Each state is given a particular number of electors based on their population. A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win the election. When you vote for a candidate, you are actually voting for a slate of electors that promise to vote for that candidate.”

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Our electors are the only people who directly vote for president. On the first Monday after the second Wednesday of December the electors meet to officially vote for the president. Whenever you (a non elector) vote for president you are contributing to the popular vote, this vote then appoints a state elector who will then vote at the meeting of electors. 

Even though our country is a democracy, it can be confusing that we don’t directly elect our president like we do with other electable positions.

Our Founding Fathers, mainly James Madison (who was the greatest supporter of the electoral college) wanted to ensure that if one party were to become the majority, they wouldn’t infringe upon the minorities’ political views and rights.

According to the National Archives, it is done this way because  “the Founding Fathers established it in the Constitution, in part, as a compromise between the election of the President by a vote in Congress and election of the President by a popular vote of qualified citizens.”

So get out and vote on Nov. 3 or request a mail in ballot and vote earlier. However you are going to do it, cast your vote and use your voice, because it could change the next four years of your life.

It is imperative to our democracy that everyone votes, no matter who you vote for, your vote matters. If you are not registered and are eligible to vote, register here.