DNC Chairman Can’t Wish Away The Constitution

Oct 27, 2017

Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez asserted, “the Electoral College is not a creation of the Constitution. It doesn’t have to be there.” The chairman made the false statement while lecturing at Indiana University Law School. The Constitution in fact does outline the electoral process by which the president of the United States is chosen. And the Constitution calls for Electors to be appointed. According to Article II, “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.” The Electoral College is a check on direct democracy. Most of the time the Electoral College does follow the popular vote. Yet there have been a handful of times where the candidate with a majority of popular votes loses to the winner of the Electoral College. Hillary Clinton knew that she had to win a majority of Electors. She failed to put together a winning strategy. The system did not fail Hillary Clinton or the voters. It worked exactly the way the founders intended.