There is one college in America that only graduates one person at a time and only every 4 years.  It’s the Electoral College, and some people want to close it down.  In fact, all 480 Democrats running for President say they want to get rid of it, but there are some Republicans who support that as well.  And you may think that it’s an archaic and outdated process that needs to be retired along with 8 track tapes and AM transistor radios.  But like a lot of things in our Constitution created by the Founding Fathers, there is a reason they created a representative republic and not a pure democracy.  So before you say, let’s “kill the college,” let’s understand why we have one.

The founders feared a tyranny of the majority-a nation in which some voices were drowned out and drummed out of the process.  It was the rationale of having 3 separate, but equal branches of government, the legislative, executive, and judicial along with a complicated but brilliant set of checks and balances.  And instead of having a President elected strictly by a popular vote, they intentionally created the Electoral College by which the President is actually elected by electors in each of the states, based on the votes of the people in that state which have specific electoral votes based on the size of their population and Congressional representation.  It’s therefore possible for a candidate to receive a larger number of votes and still not be President.  And years ago, when I was much younger and of course knew everything, I too thought it was time to ditch the Electoral College.  But I got older, wiser, and personally was on the ballot in 2 Presidential elections, and found myself amazed at just how smart those Founders were! 

The most gifted political cartoonist alive today is a friend of mine, Michael Ramirez, a 2x Pulitzer Prize winning syndicated cartoonist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Creators Syndicate and his brilliant map of what the election would like without the Electoral College (MAP) shows that the President would be elected by voters in about 4 states, with the rest of America rendered virtually voiceless and vote-less.  And that means that candidates would never visit most of the states nor would voters in those states see or hear any of the political messages from the candidates or parties. 

Democrats whine that Hillary won the popular vote, but they fail to tell you that she primarily won big in 2 mega-liberal, solidly Democrat states, CA and NY.  Her margin of popular vote was completely in those 2 states.  In fact, the actual voting map of the 2016 election shows that President Trump won overwhelmingly in the majority of counties across the US, but lost on the fringes of the east and west coasts. (Map)  The founders were wise beyond their own understanding.  By creating the Electoral College, a person who wishes to be President has to win a combination of states throughout the nation and that forces the candidate to visit many states and personally meet farmers, schoolteachers, factory workers, construction crews, office workers, and unemployed Dads and Moms.  A system that only focuses on only the 4 most populated states means Presidential candidates would do 2 things:  go to high dollar donor events and hobnob with the swells who have all the money, and take that money and spend it advertising in those 4 states.  Most of America would never see a candidate, hear an ad, or see volunteers mobilize in their communities.  And you’d pretty much be letting CA and NY and to a lesser degree FL and TX elect your President.  You wouldn’t really matter.  With the Electoral College, a candidate has to figure out how to win enough states to arrive at the magic 270 Electoral College votes.  And it actually means that ALL of America matters in the election of the President.  SO when you hear it said “Let’s get rid of the Electoral College,” ask what other of your protections written into the Constitution would they want to get rid of as well.  Then just say “NO!”

 

 

 

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  • rodney burke

    06/16/2019 11:56 PM

    we should know dems/communists hate Americans and don't want them to have any say in our elections. They want to take away our vote and our freedom and make American communist.. ala NK, Viet Nam, Cuba It is time we faced that fact and took appropriate action.

  • Jerry Korba

    06/16/2019 11:03 PM

    The Left must believe that the electoral college will be abolished what other reason would they want to chase smart people out of their states and replace them with people who cannot speak English or understand how America became great. All they know is what they were told to do and after the word got out America is so much better than what they have the Migrants come with no knowledge of what it takes to be an American and the Left is not going to educate on the issue thus a voting population that will lead them back to where they came from misery enslavement no opportunity to better themselves when the left takes control the best nation on the planet will be in ruins within 12 years that is what AOC has in mind and the Media is armpit deep to make it happen...........Dirty Fake News!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also beware of Islamic Terrorists do not be fooled they are here and are an enemy of our America. The Islamic Terrorists want American Ideas and values destroyed or murdered. Check out Irans activity the past 20 years.

  • Richard Boultinghouse

    06/16/2019 10:53 PM

    If the two current parties positions were reversed from what they are today, the Democrats would be fighting to keep the electoral college. It boils down to one point, they want to be in control and will do anything or change any law or procedure to assure that they get there and stay there.

  • Neil Wilson

    06/16/2019 10:47 PM

    The other thing the electoral college prevents is a national run off. Imagine if the candidate doesn't receive 50% of the popular vote. In most nations, when a candidate doesn't get a majority vote, a run off takes place. If that was the case you would have had a run off election in 1992 when Clinton received 43% of the popular vote, 1996 when Clinton received 49% of the vote, Gore in 2000 when he received 48.4% of the vote and Hillary in 2016 when she received 48.3% of the popular vote. In all 4 instances, no candidate received a majority of the popular vote. The Electoral College makes dealing with this problem a simple matter. I definitely don't believe the nation would want to have a national runoff. Democrats would be happy to avoid that by just saying "the most votes" -- even if it wasn't a true majority.

    Huckabee's point is well taken, you just take California out of the equation, Trump wins the popular vote by at least 1.5 million votes in the other 49 states. California really blinded the nation as to how overwhelming Trump's victory really was 3 years ago.

    If I recall there was a poll years ago that said 52% of the nation would never vote for Hillary Clinton under any circumstance. With Hillary achieving only 48.3% of the popular vote, it looks like that poll was very right on the money and only off by .3%. The fact is, the majority of the nation said, they didn't want Hillary in office. It will be interesting to see what happens next year when Trump stands for reelection.

  • Juanita J. Dorroh

    06/16/2019 10:33 PM

    Dear Gov. Huckabee, You are absolutely right about the Electoral College. The Founding Fathers of the United States of America were brilliant!! Sure wish we had at least a few of their caliber around today.

  • Marcia Harris

    06/16/2019 10:24 PM

    Thank you, Governor! There was a time when Americans were TAUGHT about the brilliance of the Founders and the great Constitution we were given by them! And, I clearly remember having questions on exams in Junior High School regarding the Electoral College and the how and WHY of it! sorry to say, but my children never had a serious history class in either Junior or Senior high school! As a history buff, myself, I tried to get them interested from time to time, to no avail. Thankfully, they are both Conservative voters, now people in their early 50’s and my 5 grandchildren are college educated people in their 20’s, but I doubt there are more than 2 of the whole bunch who have any idea WHY the Electoral College is SO important to our Republic! And, there is no way their 77 year old grandma can teach them anything! I am forwarding your explanation to all of them! Maybe they will read it and at least think about it, so THANK YOU AGAIN for a succinct and valuable history lesson in just a few short paragraphs!

  • Rev. George Miller

    06/16/2019 10:11 PM

    The founders created a republic made up of 13 (now 50) States. The States are not abstractions but entities that form the republic. The only two truly national offices elected (President & VP) are elected by those States. The people simply choose who they want their state to vote for. That is the proper way to understand what was created and how it should remain. The federal government is not a democracy!

  • Suzy Ferguson

    06/16/2019 10:01 PM

    Keep electoral college votes

  • Steve Hillenberg

    06/16/2019 09:50 PM

    Your "Map" links don't work.

  • Shauna dickerson

    06/16/2019 09:13 PM

    When I read what you say about the Electoral College, I understand it. Then the logic disappears from my fragile brain. I can only return to my faith in the Founding Fathers and that I believe they were inspired in a multitude of ways to set up this unique government and country. Thank God for them every day!

  • Kathy Campion

    06/16/2019 08:53 PM

    I totally agree - young people were civics in schools, maybe more would understand the concept of the Electoral College & it’s importance in our democratic republic!

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    06/16/2019 08:08 PM

    After we got rid of Saddam Hussein in Ira, most Iraqi's thought they understood democracy - "the majority rules". To them that meant he majority Shi'ia Muslims could dictate to the minority Sunnis and the ethnic minority Kurds, because they were the minority. This naturally led to clashes that became a virtual civil war. And that is what the abolishment of the electoral college would bring to the US - civil war. There are some leftists who would welcome civil war, because it would bring about the conditions in which a leftist dictator could take over control of our nation, but for thinking people. the electoral college is and will remain the bulwark of defense of the rights of the minority.

  • Kathleen Ann Knope

    06/16/2019 07:43 PM

    It never ceases to amaze me that people will believe in anything a candidate says because they are misinformed and misled that the constitution is outdated. The founding Fathers had gone all over the world to observe how governments work and chose the best ideas of the these to write the checks and balances. The electoral college is an example of how the founding fathers forsaw the future of this country as a representative government.

  • Judy H. Ward

    06/16/2019 07:41 PM

    Thank you for clarifying what the Electoral College is about. I'm sure there are a lot of Americans who don't understand what it all means!!!

  • Clara Herrin

    06/16/2019 07:26 PM

    GENIUS!!!! This is the first time in my life I've ever read an understandable explanation of why we have the Electoral College. In the past, I was vaguely aware of what it was, but would not have been able to explain it to anyone else. Now I can...without reservation. I can't thank you enough, Gov. Huckabee. As Gomer Pyle would say...TY, TY, TY.

  • Terry Borths

    06/16/2019 07:25 PM

    Excellent. I think the Founding Fathers also realized that there would be no union or United States if some or many of the states had no voice. For that reason also, if the Electoral College were to be eliminated those unrepresented states would eventually secede from the union. Why would anyone living in a midwestern unrepresented state want to live in a union dictated by only 3 or 4 states.
    If we need to use a popular vote , maybe everyone should be required to move so that all states have equal populations! It could be interesting to have the populations of California and New York move to the northern plains states. But I digress. Let’s just keep the Electoral College and put up with the 2016 whining!

  • Bo Ragon

    06/16/2019 07:12 PM

    https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/12/obama-admin-sent-taxpayer-money-oust-netanyahu/

    Forget Russians !!!

  • Elizabeth VanLoozen

    06/16/2019 06:53 PM

    Communists will take over America without the electoral system. We must do everything possible to preserve it.

  • Bernadette Dillon

    06/16/2019 06:34 PM

    Happy Fathers day Governor Huckabee!??

  • Dusty Burton

    06/16/2019 06:32 PM

    Has anyone challenged the decision of those states who have voted to give their electoral college votes to the popular vote winner?? What is necessary to reverse that decision by a state legislature??

  • Brian Tacoma

    06/16/2019 06:16 PM

    Governor,

    We've heard how some states have already voted to give their votes to the "majority" candidate. Can they legally do this? Will this hold up?

  • Anne Monk

    06/16/2019 06:10 PM

    Thank you for explaining this. I've been among those who felt that the electoral college should be ditched. This made perfect sense as to why that should not be done. I am now 100% in favor of the electoral college.

  • Richard E. Nance

    06/16/2019 05:51 PM

    Your explanation is "spot-on," Governor. Of course, the minds of all Democrat-Socialists are closed to any ideas, reasoned arguments, or bare facts that inhibit their gaining power.

  • Sally Earnest

    06/16/2019 05:33 PM

    If the Electoral College protects all Americans what happened to Illinois? The whole state is red except Chicago.

  • Craig Lehigh

    06/16/2019 05:28 PM

    Mike,
    Thanks for the great insite on the electoral college!!
    Ill pass this on as always!
    I will miss sarah! She was fabulous ! Good job sir!! Happy fathers day!!

There is one college in America that only graduates one person at a time and only every 4 years.  It’s the Electoral College, and some people want to close it down.  In fact, all 480 Democrats running for President say they want to get rid of it, but there are some Republicans who support that as well.  And you may think that it’s an archaic and outdated process that needs to be retired along with 8 track tapes and AM transistor radios.  But like a lot of things in our Constitution created by the Founding Fathers, there is a reason they created a representative republic and not a pure democracy.  So before you say, let’s “kill the college,” let’s understand why we have one.

The founders feared a tyranny of the majority-a nation in which some voices were drowned out and drummed out of the process.  It was the rationale of having 3 separate, but equal branches of government, the legislative, executive, and judicial along with a complicated but brilliant set of checks and balances.  And instead of having a President elected strictly by a popular vote, they intentionally created the Electoral College by which the President is actually elected by electors in each of the states, based on the votes of the people in that state which have specific electoral votes based on the size of their population and Congressional representation.  It’s therefore possible for a candidate to receive a larger number of votes and still not be President.  And years ago, when I was much younger and of course knew everything, I too thought it was time to ditch the Electoral College.  But I got older, wiser, and personally was on the ballot in 2 Presidential elections, and found myself amazed at just how smart those Founders were! 

The most gifted political cartoonist alive today is a friend of mine, Michael Ramirez, a 2x Pulitzer Prize winning syndicated cartoonist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Creators Syndicate and his brilliant map of what the election would like without the Electoral College (MAP) shows that the President would be elected by voters in about 4 states, with the rest of America rendered virtually voiceless and vote-less.  And that means that candidates would never visit most of the states nor would voters in those states see or hear any of the political messages from the candidates or parties. 

Democrats whine that Hillary won the popular vote, but they fail to tell you that she primarily won big in 2 mega-liberal, solidly Democrat states, CA and NY.  Her margin of popular vote was completely in those 2 states.  In fact, the actual voting map of the 2016 election shows that President Trump won overwhelmingly in the majority of counties across the US, but lost on the fringes of the east and west coasts. (Map)  The founders were wise beyond their own understanding.  By creating the Electoral College, a person who wishes to be President has to win a combination of states throughout the nation and that forces the candidate to visit many states and personally meet farmers, schoolteachers, factory workers, construction crews, office workers, and unemployed Dads and Moms.  A system that only focuses on only the 4 most populated states means Presidential candidates would do 2 things:  go to high dollar donor events and hobnob with the swells who have all the money, and take that money and spend it advertising in those 4 states.  Most of America would never see a candidate, hear an ad, or see volunteers mobilize in their communities.  And you’d pretty much be letting CA and NY and to a lesser degree FL and TX elect your President.  You wouldn’t really matter.  With the Electoral College, a candidate has to figure out how to win enough states to arrive at the magic 270 Electoral College votes.  And it actually means that ALL of America matters in the election of the President.  SO when you hear it said “Let’s get rid of the Electoral College,” ask what other of your protections written into the Constitution would they want to get rid of as well.  Then just say “NO!”

 

 

 

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  • rodney burke

    06/16/2019 11:56 PM

    we should know dems/communists hate Americans and don't want them to have any say in our elections. They want to take away our vote and our freedom and make American communist.. ala NK, Viet Nam, Cuba It is time we faced that fact and took appropriate action.

  • Jerry Korba

    06/16/2019 11:03 PM

    The Left must believe that the electoral college will be abolished what other reason would they want to chase smart people out of their states and replace them with people who cannot speak English or understand how America became great. All they know is what they were told to do and after the word got out America is so much better than what they have the Migrants come with no knowledge of what it takes to be an American and the Left is not going to educate on the issue thus a voting population that will lead them back to where they came from misery enslavement no opportunity to better themselves when the left takes control the best nation on the planet will be in ruins within 12 years that is what AOC has in mind and the Media is armpit deep to make it happen...........Dirty Fake News!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also beware of Islamic Terrorists do not be fooled they are here and are an enemy of our America. The Islamic Terrorists want American Ideas and values destroyed or murdered. Check out Irans activity the past 20 years.

  • Richard Boultinghouse

    06/16/2019 10:53 PM

    If the two current parties positions were reversed from what they are today, the Democrats would be fighting to keep the electoral college. It boils down to one point, they want to be in control and will do anything or change any law or procedure to assure that they get there and stay there.

  • Neil Wilson

    06/16/2019 10:47 PM

    The other thing the electoral college prevents is a national run off. Imagine if the candidate doesn't receive 50% of the popular vote. In most nations, when a candidate doesn't get a majority vote, a run off takes place. If that was the case you would have had a run off election in 1992 when Clinton received 43% of the popular vote, 1996 when Clinton received 49% of the vote, Gore in 2000 when he received 48.4% of the vote and Hillary in 2016 when she received 48.3% of the popular vote. In all 4 instances, no candidate received a majority of the popular vote. The Electoral College makes dealing with this problem a simple matter. I definitely don't believe the nation would want to have a national runoff. Democrats would be happy to avoid that by just saying "the most votes" -- even if it wasn't a true majority.

    Huckabee's point is well taken, you just take California out of the equation, Trump wins the popular vote by at least 1.5 million votes in the other 49 states. California really blinded the nation as to how overwhelming Trump's victory really was 3 years ago.

    If I recall there was a poll years ago that said 52% of the nation would never vote for Hillary Clinton under any circumstance. With Hillary achieving only 48.3% of the popular vote, it looks like that poll was very right on the money and only off by .3%. The fact is, the majority of the nation said, they didn't want Hillary in office. It will be interesting to see what happens next year when Trump stands for reelection.

  • Juanita J. Dorroh

    06/16/2019 10:33 PM

    Dear Gov. Huckabee, You are absolutely right about the Electoral College. The Founding Fathers of the United States of America were brilliant!! Sure wish we had at least a few of their caliber around today.

  • Marcia Harris

    06/16/2019 10:24 PM

    Thank you, Governor! There was a time when Americans were TAUGHT about the brilliance of the Founders and the great Constitution we were given by them! And, I clearly remember having questions on exams in Junior High School regarding the Electoral College and the how and WHY of it! sorry to say, but my children never had a serious history class in either Junior or Senior high school! As a history buff, myself, I tried to get them interested from time to time, to no avail. Thankfully, they are both Conservative voters, now people in their early 50’s and my 5 grandchildren are college educated people in their 20’s, but I doubt there are more than 2 of the whole bunch who have any idea WHY the Electoral College is SO important to our Republic! And, there is no way their 77 year old grandma can teach them anything! I am forwarding your explanation to all of them! Maybe they will read it and at least think about it, so THANK YOU AGAIN for a succinct and valuable history lesson in just a few short paragraphs!

  • Rev. George Miller

    06/16/2019 10:11 PM

    The founders created a republic made up of 13 (now 50) States. The States are not abstractions but entities that form the republic. The only two truly national offices elected (President & VP) are elected by those States. The people simply choose who they want their state to vote for. That is the proper way to understand what was created and how it should remain. The federal government is not a democracy!

  • Suzy Ferguson

    06/16/2019 10:01 PM

    Keep electoral college votes

  • Steve Hillenberg

    06/16/2019 09:50 PM

    Your "Map" links don't work.

  • Shauna dickerson

    06/16/2019 09:13 PM

    When I read what you say about the Electoral College, I understand it. Then the logic disappears from my fragile brain. I can only return to my faith in the Founding Fathers and that I believe they were inspired in a multitude of ways to set up this unique government and country. Thank God for them every day!

  • Kathy Campion

    06/16/2019 08:53 PM

    I totally agree - young people were civics in schools, maybe more would understand the concept of the Electoral College & it’s importance in our democratic republic!

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    06/16/2019 08:08 PM

    After we got rid of Saddam Hussein in Ira, most Iraqi's thought they understood democracy - "the majority rules". To them that meant he majority Shi'ia Muslims could dictate to the minority Sunnis and the ethnic minority Kurds, because they were the minority. This naturally led to clashes that became a virtual civil war. And that is what the abolishment of the electoral college would bring to the US - civil war. There are some leftists who would welcome civil war, because it would bring about the conditions in which a leftist dictator could take over control of our nation, but for thinking people. the electoral college is and will remain the bulwark of defense of the rights of the minority.

  • Kathleen Ann Knope

    06/16/2019 07:43 PM

    It never ceases to amaze me that people will believe in anything a candidate says because they are misinformed and misled that the constitution is outdated. The founding Fathers had gone all over the world to observe how governments work and chose the best ideas of the these to write the checks and balances. The electoral college is an example of how the founding fathers forsaw the future of this country as a representative government.

  • Judy H. Ward

    06/16/2019 07:41 PM

    Thank you for clarifying what the Electoral College is about. I'm sure there are a lot of Americans who don't understand what it all means!!!

  • Clara Herrin

    06/16/2019 07:26 PM

    GENIUS!!!! This is the first time in my life I've ever read an understandable explanation of why we have the Electoral College. In the past, I was vaguely aware of what it was, but would not have been able to explain it to anyone else. Now I can...without reservation. I can't thank you enough, Gov. Huckabee. As Gomer Pyle would say...TY, TY, TY.

  • Terry Borths

    06/16/2019 07:25 PM

    Excellent. I think the Founding Fathers also realized that there would be no union or United States if some or many of the states had no voice. For that reason also, if the Electoral College were to be eliminated those unrepresented states would eventually secede from the union. Why would anyone living in a midwestern unrepresented state want to live in a union dictated by only 3 or 4 states.
    If we need to use a popular vote , maybe everyone should be required to move so that all states have equal populations! It could be interesting to have the populations of California and New York move to the northern plains states. But I digress. Let’s just keep the Electoral College and put up with the 2016 whining!

  • Bo Ragon

    06/16/2019 07:12 PM

    https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/12/obama-admin-sent-taxpayer-money-oust-netanyahu/

    Forget Russians !!!

  • Elizabeth VanLoozen

    06/16/2019 06:53 PM

    Communists will take over America without the electoral system. We must do everything possible to preserve it.

  • Bernadette Dillon

    06/16/2019 06:34 PM

    Happy Fathers day Governor Huckabee!??

  • Dusty Burton

    06/16/2019 06:32 PM

    Has anyone challenged the decision of those states who have voted to give their electoral college votes to the popular vote winner?? What is necessary to reverse that decision by a state legislature??

  • Brian Tacoma

    06/16/2019 06:16 PM

    Governor,

    We've heard how some states have already voted to give their votes to the "majority" candidate. Can they legally do this? Will this hold up?

  • Anne Monk

    06/16/2019 06:10 PM

    Thank you for explaining this. I've been among those who felt that the electoral college should be ditched. This made perfect sense as to why that should not be done. I am now 100% in favor of the electoral college.

  • Richard E. Nance

    06/16/2019 05:51 PM

    Your explanation is "spot-on," Governor. Of course, the minds of all Democrat-Socialists are closed to any ideas, reasoned arguments, or bare facts that inhibit their gaining power.

  • Sally Earnest

    06/16/2019 05:33 PM

    If the Electoral College protects all Americans what happened to Illinois? The whole state is red except Chicago.

  • Craig Lehigh

    06/16/2019 05:28 PM

    Mike,
    Thanks for the great insite on the electoral college!!
    Ill pass this on as always!
    I will miss sarah! She was fabulous ! Good job sir!! Happy fathers day!!

There is one college in America that only graduates one person at a time and only every 4 years.  It’s the Electoral College, and some people want to close it down.  In fact, all 480 Democrats running for President say they want to get rid of it, but there are some Republicans who support that as well.  And you may think that it’s an archaic and outdated process that needs to be retired along with 8 track tapes and AM transistor radios.  But like a lot of things in our Constitution created by the Founding Fathers, there is a reason they created a representative republic and not a pure democracy.  So before you say, let’s “kill the college,” let’s understand why we have one.

The founders feared a tyranny of the majority-a nation in which some voices were drowned out and drummed out of the process.  It was the rationale of having 3 separate, but equal branches of government, the legislative, executive, and judicial along with a complicated but brilliant set of checks and balances.  And instead of having a President elected strictly by a popular vote, they intentionally created the Electoral College by which the President is actually elected by electors in each of the states, based on the votes of the people in that state which have specific electoral votes based on the size of their population and Congressional representation.  It’s therefore possible for a candidate to receive a larger number of votes and still not be President.  And years ago, when I was much younger and of course knew everything, I too thought it was time to ditch the Electoral College.  But I got older, wiser, and personally was on the ballot in 2 Presidential elections, and found myself amazed at just how smart those Founders were! 

The most gifted political cartoonist alive today is a friend of mine, Michael Ramirez, a 2x Pulitzer Prize winning syndicated cartoonist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Creators Syndicate and his brilliant map of what the election would like without the Electoral College (MAP) shows that the President would be elected by voters in about 4 states, with the rest of America rendered virtually voiceless and vote-less.  And that means that candidates would never visit most of the states nor would voters in those states see or hear any of the political messages from the candidates or parties. 

Democrats whine that Hillary won the popular vote, but they fail to tell you that she primarily won big in 2 mega-liberal, solidly Democrat states, CA and NY.  Her margin of popular vote was completely in those 2 states.  In fact, the actual voting map of the 2016 election shows that President Trump won overwhelmingly in the majority of counties across the US, but lost on the fringes of the east and west coasts. (Map)  The founders were wise beyond their own understanding.  By creating the Electoral College, a person who wishes to be President has to win a combination of states throughout the nation and that forces the candidate to visit many states and personally meet farmers, schoolteachers, factory workers, construction crews, office workers, and unemployed Dads and Moms.  A system that only focuses on only the 4 most populated states means Presidential candidates would do 2 things:  go to high dollar donor events and hobnob with the swells who have all the money, and take that money and spend it advertising in those 4 states.  Most of America would never see a candidate, hear an ad, or see volunteers mobilize in their communities.  And you’d pretty much be letting CA and NY and to a lesser degree FL and TX elect your President.  You wouldn’t really matter.  With the Electoral College, a candidate has to figure out how to win enough states to arrive at the magic 270 Electoral College votes.  And it actually means that ALL of America matters in the election of the President.  SO when you hear it said “Let’s get rid of the Electoral College,” ask what other of your protections written into the Constitution would they want to get rid of as well.  Then just say “NO!”

 

 

 

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  • rodney burke

    06/16/2019 11:56 PM

    we should know dems/communists hate Americans and don't want them to have any say in our elections. They want to take away our vote and our freedom and make American communist.. ala NK, Viet Nam, Cuba It is time we faced that fact and took appropriate action.

  • Jerry Korba

    06/16/2019 11:03 PM

    The Left must believe that the electoral college will be abolished what other reason would they want to chase smart people out of their states and replace them with people who cannot speak English or understand how America became great. All they know is what they were told to do and after the word got out America is so much better than what they have the Migrants come with no knowledge of what it takes to be an American and the Left is not going to educate on the issue thus a voting population that will lead them back to where they came from misery enslavement no opportunity to better themselves when the left takes control the best nation on the planet will be in ruins within 12 years that is what AOC has in mind and the Media is armpit deep to make it happen...........Dirty Fake News!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also beware of Islamic Terrorists do not be fooled they are here and are an enemy of our America. The Islamic Terrorists want American Ideas and values destroyed or murdered. Check out Irans activity the past 20 years.

  • Richard Boultinghouse

    06/16/2019 10:53 PM

    If the two current parties positions were reversed from what they are today, the Democrats would be fighting to keep the electoral college. It boils down to one point, they want to be in control and will do anything or change any law or procedure to assure that they get there and stay there.

  • Neil Wilson

    06/16/2019 10:47 PM

    The other thing the electoral college prevents is a national run off. Imagine if the candidate doesn't receive 50% of the popular vote. In most nations, when a candidate doesn't get a majority vote, a run off takes place. If that was the case you would have had a run off election in 1992 when Clinton received 43% of the popular vote, 1996 when Clinton received 49% of the vote, Gore in 2000 when he received 48.4% of the vote and Hillary in 2016 when she received 48.3% of the popular vote. In all 4 instances, no candidate received a majority of the popular vote. The Electoral College makes dealing with this problem a simple matter. I definitely don't believe the nation would want to have a national runoff. Democrats would be happy to avoid that by just saying "the most votes" -- even if it wasn't a true majority.

    Huckabee's point is well taken, you just take California out of the equation, Trump wins the popular vote by at least 1.5 million votes in the other 49 states. California really blinded the nation as to how overwhelming Trump's victory really was 3 years ago.

    If I recall there was a poll years ago that said 52% of the nation would never vote for Hillary Clinton under any circumstance. With Hillary achieving only 48.3% of the popular vote, it looks like that poll was very right on the money and only off by .3%. The fact is, the majority of the nation said, they didn't want Hillary in office. It will be interesting to see what happens next year when Trump stands for reelection.

  • Juanita J. Dorroh

    06/16/2019 10:33 PM

    Dear Gov. Huckabee, You are absolutely right about the Electoral College. The Founding Fathers of the United States of America were brilliant!! Sure wish we had at least a few of their caliber around today.

  • Marcia Harris

    06/16/2019 10:24 PM

    Thank you, Governor! There was a time when Americans were TAUGHT about the brilliance of the Founders and the great Constitution we were given by them! And, I clearly remember having questions on exams in Junior High School regarding the Electoral College and the how and WHY of it! sorry to say, but my children never had a serious history class in either Junior or Senior high school! As a history buff, myself, I tried to get them interested from time to time, to no avail. Thankfully, they are both Conservative voters, now people in their early 50’s and my 5 grandchildren are college educated people in their 20’s, but I doubt there are more than 2 of the whole bunch who have any idea WHY the Electoral College is SO important to our Republic! And, there is no way their 77 year old grandma can teach them anything! I am forwarding your explanation to all of them! Maybe they will read it and at least think about it, so THANK YOU AGAIN for a succinct and valuable history lesson in just a few short paragraphs!

  • Rev. George Miller

    06/16/2019 10:11 PM

    The founders created a republic made up of 13 (now 50) States. The States are not abstractions but entities that form the republic. The only two truly national offices elected (President & VP) are elected by those States. The people simply choose who they want their state to vote for. That is the proper way to understand what was created and how it should remain. The federal government is not a democracy!

  • Suzy Ferguson

    06/16/2019 10:01 PM

    Keep electoral college votes

  • Steve Hillenberg

    06/16/2019 09:50 PM

    Your "Map" links don't work.

  • Shauna dickerson

    06/16/2019 09:13 PM

    When I read what you say about the Electoral College, I understand it. Then the logic disappears from my fragile brain. I can only return to my faith in the Founding Fathers and that I believe they were inspired in a multitude of ways to set up this unique government and country. Thank God for them every day!

  • Kathy Campion

    06/16/2019 08:53 PM

    I totally agree - young people were civics in schools, maybe more would understand the concept of the Electoral College & it’s importance in our democratic republic!

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    06/16/2019 08:08 PM

    After we got rid of Saddam Hussein in Ira, most Iraqi's thought they understood democracy - "the majority rules". To them that meant he majority Shi'ia Muslims could dictate to the minority Sunnis and the ethnic minority Kurds, because they were the minority. This naturally led to clashes that became a virtual civil war. And that is what the abolishment of the electoral college would bring to the US - civil war. There are some leftists who would welcome civil war, because it would bring about the conditions in which a leftist dictator could take over control of our nation, but for thinking people. the electoral college is and will remain the bulwark of defense of the rights of the minority.

  • Kathleen Ann Knope

    06/16/2019 07:43 PM

    It never ceases to amaze me that people will believe in anything a candidate says because they are misinformed and misled that the constitution is outdated. The founding Fathers had gone all over the world to observe how governments work and chose the best ideas of the these to write the checks and balances. The electoral college is an example of how the founding fathers forsaw the future of this country as a representative government.

  • Judy H. Ward

    06/16/2019 07:41 PM

    Thank you for clarifying what the Electoral College is about. I'm sure there are a lot of Americans who don't understand what it all means!!!

  • Clara Herrin

    06/16/2019 07:26 PM

    GENIUS!!!! This is the first time in my life I've ever read an understandable explanation of why we have the Electoral College. In the past, I was vaguely aware of what it was, but would not have been able to explain it to anyone else. Now I can...without reservation. I can't thank you enough, Gov. Huckabee. As Gomer Pyle would say...TY, TY, TY.

  • Terry Borths

    06/16/2019 07:25 PM

    Excellent. I think the Founding Fathers also realized that there would be no union or United States if some or many of the states had no voice. For that reason also, if the Electoral College were to be eliminated those unrepresented states would eventually secede from the union. Why would anyone living in a midwestern unrepresented state want to live in a union dictated by only 3 or 4 states.
    If we need to use a popular vote , maybe everyone should be required to move so that all states have equal populations! It could be interesting to have the populations of California and New York move to the northern plains states. But I digress. Let’s just keep the Electoral College and put up with the 2016 whining!

  • Bo Ragon

    06/16/2019 07:12 PM

    https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/12/obama-admin-sent-taxpayer-money-oust-netanyahu/

    Forget Russians !!!

  • Elizabeth VanLoozen

    06/16/2019 06:53 PM

    Communists will take over America without the electoral system. We must do everything possible to preserve it.

  • Bernadette Dillon

    06/16/2019 06:34 PM

    Happy Fathers day Governor Huckabee!??

  • Dusty Burton

    06/16/2019 06:32 PM

    Has anyone challenged the decision of those states who have voted to give their electoral college votes to the popular vote winner?? What is necessary to reverse that decision by a state legislature??

  • Brian Tacoma

    06/16/2019 06:16 PM

    Governor,

    We've heard how some states have already voted to give their votes to the "majority" candidate. Can they legally do this? Will this hold up?

  • Anne Monk

    06/16/2019 06:10 PM

    Thank you for explaining this. I've been among those who felt that the electoral college should be ditched. This made perfect sense as to why that should not be done. I am now 100% in favor of the electoral college.

  • Richard E. Nance

    06/16/2019 05:51 PM

    Your explanation is "spot-on," Governor. Of course, the minds of all Democrat-Socialists are closed to any ideas, reasoned arguments, or bare facts that inhibit their gaining power.

  • Sally Earnest

    06/16/2019 05:33 PM

    If the Electoral College protects all Americans what happened to Illinois? The whole state is red except Chicago.

  • Craig Lehigh

    06/16/2019 05:28 PM

    Mike,
    Thanks for the great insite on the electoral college!!
    Ill pass this on as always!
    I will miss sarah! She was fabulous ! Good job sir!! Happy fathers day!!