Snatching a Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

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This is me in a London pub when the final Florida results were announced. I had gone to the party expecting to celebrate the first female President of the United States. For reference, that is both my unhappy face and the expression I make when being confronted by that creepy ghost kid from “The Grudge.” This photo appeared in the Guardian. (Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

There simply is no practical extra-constitutional means of circumventing the Electoral College. But while that may be disappointing, there are ways to ensure that the person preferred by the electorate is elected to the Presidency.

The 2000 Electoral College debacle was probably not intentional on the part of the Republican Party, but the 2016 election absolutely was. I do not mean to cast aspersions where they are not due, but in this case they are absolutely due. There were two major pincers to this plan the first being gerrymandering and the second being voter suppression. Gerrymandering does not directly effect votes in the Presidential election as those are compiled into state totals which count towards votes in the Electoral College, but it does influence who is elected to state and federal legislatures, who is elected governor and by extension who becomes Secretary of State in each state and thereby is in control of registration and counting votes. Voter suppression does effect the final tally because voters tend to group by demographic into support of either major party and are therefore very easy for the less ethical statesman to target.

Doctor of Palaeopathology, rage-prone optimist, stealth berserker, opera enthusiast, and insatiable consumer of academic journals.

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