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Elector
A fully qualified voter: one who has a vote in the choice of any officer: a constituent, Debauche v City of Green Bay, 227 Wis 148, 277 N. W. 147, 148. One who elects or had the right of choice, or who has the right to vote for any functionary, or for the adoption of any measure. Aczel v United States, C.C.A. Ind, 232 F. 652,657, In a narrower sense, one who had the general right to vote for public officers. One authorized to exercise the elective franchise. McEvoy v Christensen 


While the terms "electors" and "voters" are sometimes used interchangeably, their meaning is not precisely the same, "electors" being properly applied to all those entitled to vote, whereas "voters appropriately designates only those actually voting. State ex rel. Chaney v Grindstead, 314 Mo. 55, 282 S.W, 175 715, 719. A fortiori, "electors" is a broader term than "registered voters" City of Dayton, Ohio, v City Ry. Co, C.C.A Ohio, 16 F2d 401, 405 

One of the persons chosen to comprise the "electoral college" 

  
What is a vote? In the simplest form, a vote is said to be a formal indication of a choice between two or more candidates or courses of action. Often, it is expressed either through a ballot box or through a show of hands. Vote is commonly attached to electoral activities. So, voting could be a process of election. Voters are also called electors. Even though they mean about the same thing, there is a slight difference between them. 
  
Elector has a few definitions. Some of the commonest definitions of an elector have been outlined below. 
  

An elector can be simply defined as a fully qualified voter. 
Someone who has a vote in the choice of any officer. 
One who elects. 
One who has the right of choice. 
One who has the right to vote for any functionary or for the adoption of a certain measure. 
One who has the general right to vote for public officers. 
One who is authorized to exercise his or her electoral franchise. 

  
These are just a few of the definitions of an elector, there are several more but looking closely at all the definitions, you will realize that there is something common to all of them. Elector is someone who can make a choice among certain options. But in the United States, an elector is someone chosen to represent his or her state in the “almighty” Electoral College. He casts his vote per the majority votes of his state. 
  
The closest word to an elector is a voter. In fact, a lot of people have been using them interchangeably but here is the difference. An elector is someone who has the franchise or right to vote in an election. But a voter is someone who exercises that right. If you have the right to vote, you are an elector but you are not a voter if you didn’t vote. You could also put it this way, all voters are electors but not all electors are voters. In most countries, every citizen that is at least 18 years old is an elector but not all of them are voters because not all of them vote. 
  
Unfortunately, it is very different in United States. A voter is someone who has and exercises the right to vote in a general election also known as popular vote. But an elector is someone who has the right to vote in Electoral College. The Electoral College comprises of 538 electors and they decide who becomes the next president of America. 
  
The fact that only 538 people decide the choice of the president that will rule over 320 million people is a big anomaly. It is anti-democratic. When you vote in an election, you are just telling all the electors of your state to vote for that person. The total vote of every state is counted just for the electors of every state to know who to vote for. When a candidate wins the popular vote in a state even if it is by a single vote, all the electors of that state are meant to vote for him in electoral college election. 
  
America must wake up and abolish the electoral college. It has denied you the right of voting with your conscience,and deprived you of the right of voting with your voice. How do you make your vote count when it is who the electors vote that matters?  Isn’t election all about the numbers? Yet, a candidate will win the popular votes and lose electoral votes. 
  
History of elections before 15th Amendment indicates that African Americans could not vote because being able to vote meant they were citizens.(God Bless Dred Scott) However wasn't the 15th Amendment supposed to have changed that? "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude." 

If up till that point in history common citizens couldn't decide who should rule them, what was the necessity of the amendment? It should not have been established. Below is the summary of reasons the Electoral College should be abolished. 
  
Individual Votes Do Not Matter 
  
If individual votes matter, there would not have been an Electoral College. And sometimes, the electors do not vote per the votes of their state. Some electors are arm-twisted into voting for candidates they don’t agree with. Voting for candidates you don’t agree with isn’t choice. It is a big fraud. Sometimes, selection of electors in some states are done to favor a certain candidate yet America claims to be operating a democratic government. 
  
It jeopardizes fairness among states 
  
Some states offer more electoral votes than others, so candidates concentrate more in those states during their campaign. For instance, California has more electoral voting slots than all the other states. California alone has 55 slots while some states like South Dakota, Wyoming and Vermont have 3 slots each. 
  
Minority can win 
  
This is the biggest pointer to the fact that the idea of deciding the president through the Electoral College is undemocratic. In a true democracy, majority always wins. In America, minority can win. This is exactly what happened in the last presidential election. 
  
It is complicated 
  
A lot of citizens do not understand how Electoral College works because it is a little complicated. Some people believe it is an avenue through which American elections can be manipulated. There is nothing as intelligible as simply counting the majority to decide the winner. Any other method is undemocratic and should be scrapped. 

11 comments

  • Dennis

    Dennis Daly City

    Wow..... I'm going to need some time to reflect on this. Vote? I'm afraid I understand what this really means. Again Vote???

    Wow..... I'm going to need some time to reflect on this. Vote? I'm afraid I understand what this really means. Again Vote???

  • Tracy

    Tracy Lafayette

    I've always said this. The system is purely wrong; if truly we claim to be operating a "democratic government, then everyone should be given the opportunity to be an elector. He either decides whether to vote or not. The Electoral College is simply a contradictory college. Why couldn't every citizen be an elector?

    I've always said this. The system is purely wrong; if truly we claim to be operating a "democratic government, then everyone should be given the opportunity to be an elector. He either decides whether to vote or not.

    The Electoral College is simply a contradictory college. Why couldn't every citizen be an elector?

  • Michelle

    Michelle Auburn

    Sometimes I wonder what we perceive democracy to be. Democracy is all about the majority. Hence, deciding who becomes the president ought to be the decision of the majority not a slate of citizens. For 538 persons to decide who becomes the president of America is not a good democratic system. Vote?

    Sometimes I wonder what we perceive democracy to be. Democracy is all about the majority. Hence, deciding who becomes the president ought to be the decision of the majority not a slate of citizens. For 538 persons to decide who becomes the president of America is not a good democratic system. Vote?

  • Demarco

    Demarco Seattle

    It's Abraham Lincoln birthday today. I see mixed feelings on social media. "Alternative Facts" they call it. If I could go back in time and ask people of color why they voted for him, Oh yeah that's right they couldn't. Vote?

    It's Abraham Lincoln birthday today. I see mixed feelings on social media. "Alternative Facts" they call it. If I could go back in time and ask people of color why they voted for him, Oh yeah that's right they couldn't. Vote?

  • Cathy Morris

    Cathy Morris Pasadena

    I feel like there are a lot of things they can do better in the US and this includes the voting system. I find it silly to ask us all to vote, when we are not even taught properly how the system itself works.

    I feel like there are a lot of things they can do better in the US and this includes the voting system. I find it silly to ask us all to vote, when we are not even taught properly how the system itself works.

  • Natalie Fortman

    Natalie Fortman Santa Clara

    I know it is wrong to many, but I do not vote. I have had 3 chances to do so (being of age) and I just can't. It makes no sense to me and I am not going to just “wing it”. Our futures shouldn't be guess work.

    I know it is wrong to many, but I do not vote. I have had 3 chances to do so (being of age) and I just can't. It makes no sense to me and I am not going to just “wing it”. Our futures shouldn't be guess work.

  • Sheldon Malchicof

    Sheldon Malchicof Marin

    Thanks for sharing this. I think I understand it a bit more but still, I am confused. Something like this, of this level of importance should not be confusing to a college graduate. That baffles me.

    Thanks for sharing this. I think I understand it a bit more but still, I am confused. Something like this, of this level of importance should not be confusing to a college graduate. That baffles me.

  • Eileen Feinstein Mariano

    Eileen Feinstein Mariano Irvine

    When I was younger, I remember everyone pressuring me to vote. This was my first chance, this past election and I had no idea what I was doing nor would anyone assist me. What did I do? I walked out and felt defeated. Why is something that should be easy and to the point so confusing!?

    When I was younger, I remember everyone pressuring me to vote. This was my first chance, this past election and I had no idea what I was doing nor would anyone assist me. What did I do? I walked out and felt defeated. Why is something that should be easy and to the point so confusing!?

  • Benjamin Cardenas

    Benjamin Cardenas Glendale

    I am part of middle class America. Each voting year I see a man (or woman) fighting for the rich and one fighting for the poor. And each year the middle class gets smaller and smaller. You know what will happen eventually? No more middle ground. You will either have money or you wont. People need to wake up and see what is going on here.

    I am part of middle class America. Each voting year I see a man (or woman) fighting for the rich and one fighting for the poor. And each year the middle class gets smaller and smaller. You know what will happen eventually? No more middle ground. You will either have money or you wont. People need to wake up and see what is going on here.

  • John MacMurray

    John MacMurray Oceanside

    I always looked at voting as a scam and that is pretty sad. It is like this illusion that makes us feel like we have a say in something bigger than ourselves when clearly, we really don't. I am not only sad over this but sad over how people have acted this past election.

    I always looked at voting as a scam and that is pretty sad. It is like this illusion that makes us feel like we have a say in something bigger than ourselves when clearly, we really don't. I am not only sad over this but sad over how people have acted this past election.

  • Steven Mnuchin

    Steven Mnuchin Washington D.C

    Hillary Clinton got 65,844,954 votes while Donald Trump got 62,979,879 votes. Meanwhile the Current National Debt is -$19,963,374,500,000 and counting...... Currently every "citizen" of the United States owes $61,348 In otherwords citizens that voted for Hillary Clinton sponsored $4,039,456,237,992 On the other hand citizens that voted for Donald Trump sponsored $3,863,689,616 with a combined total of $7,903,145,854,884

    Hillary Clinton got 65,844,954 votes while Donald Trump got 62,979,879 votes.

    Meanwhile the Current National Debt is -$19,963,374,500,000 and counting......
    Currently every "citizen" of the United States owes $61,348
    In otherwords citizens that voted for Hillary Clinton sponsored $4,039,456,237,992
    On the other hand citizens that voted for Donald Trump sponsored $3,863,689,616 with a combined total of $7,903,145,854,884

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