Didn’t he say the election was rigged? Yes, Donald Trump did say that, but that was before Election Day, and before, to the shock of America and to the rest of the world, he won the Electoral College, and thereby, the presidency. Not only did he win the key battleground states of Florida and Ohio, but he also won Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, states that haven’t gone to a Republican in decades. This caught many (or virtually all) pollsters by surprise. Election experts, however, have now claimed that they have detected irregularities in those states’ election results in counties where electronic voting machines were used.
Could it have been from hacking by the Russians? Could it have been that some votes that were cast were ignored? Could it have been from just plain inaccurate vote counting? No matter the reason, recounts are necessary in order to throw away any doubt that we had an illegitimate election.
Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, and if legislators got rid of the antiquated system called the Electoral College that they should have gotten rid of after the 2000 election when Al Gore won the popular vote, we would have the right person, that is, the candidate who actually got the most votes, on her way to the White House. Every vote should count, no matter where you live, and it is ironic that the Electoral College was created, in part, to prevent people like Donald Trump from being elected, a demagogue who is not fit to hold office, in the first place.
But as we all know by now, we don’t really vote directly for the president. We elect electors who make up the Electoral College. The founding fathers intended to allow electors to vote for the most qualified candidate and not to be tied down to vote for the candidate that won their state. But how many will actually have the courage to use their position and vote for Hillary? Why don’t they want to exercise their right to allow the candidate that actually won the popular vote by more than two million-and counting? Is our democracy failing us?
It seems hypocritical that the US, the beacon of democracy to many countries around the world, does not take democracy seriously enough to improve upon the methods of voting. Experts were warning of the susceptibility of voting machines being hacked during the entire election season, and the majority of us, including the media, are saying, “Eh, close enough.” The recounts that are set to take place in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan may not alter the outcome, but we need to ensure that the mistakes made in this past election won’t happen in future ones.