Things to consider the next time you are considering the Electoral College and why more and more people are being deprived of their vote or why your representative doesn’t represent you at all, you can consider this.
Great Britain has approximately 64 million people. The House of Commons has 650 members. The US has approximately 319 million. The House of Representatives is frozen at 435 never to change unless there is a law passed to change it.
This means that in the UK, the member takes care of about 92,000 people. In the US each Representative represents an average of about 700,000.
A low population state like Wyoming has 584,000 people but still gets 1 representative and 3 electoral votes. A major state like California has 39 million and 53 Representatives taking care of 736,000 people and 55 electoral votes. Due to populations shifts taking more and more people away from the center of the country, and the freeze on the House size since 1911, fewer and fewer people have more impact on Presidential elections than the majority.
This year for the second time in recent history and very extreme this year, the popular vote exceeds the electoral vote in a way to totally divide the nation. It’s time to reform either the number in the House, the Electoral formula or just go to a direct popular vote.