The recent election has produced much angst as well as a substantial amount of misdirected response. All seemingly due to what many citizens believe is an unfair federal election process that ignores the total popular vote of all U.S. citizens.
Correctly understood, there are no federal elections. There are only state elections. State elections choose U.S. senators and congressmen to represent the interests of the people of their state in the U.S. Congress. These state elections also choose electors to represent that state in the selection of the President and Vice President.
Many citizens may believe that since everyone votes for the President on the same day that it is a national or federal election. Not so. Although “the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November” is set by federal law as the date for electing those who will select the President, there are only fifty state elections – not one big federal election for all fifty states.
I can’t imagine that citizens of a state would want citizens of another state to vote in an election to choose their United States Senator or Representative, so why should anyone want citizens of another state to be able to vote in an election to influence their state’s choice for President?
If citizens believe that their votes and voices are not being heard in their state; or that their state does not adequately represent their interests, they should take their complaint to their respective state Capitol; or simply move to another state more compatible with their interests.
Such is the beauty of federalism and the freedoms secured by our founders.