As wildfires consume the western United States amid a looming presidential election, we were inspired to make this map illustrating the perils of the Electoral College following a tweet from Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan).
The true evil of the Electoral College is that makes the vast majority of people’s vote not matter, and by extension it makes their lives not matter to politicians. Trump has no reason to care that California is on fire. Literally none. Because he can’t get votes from it.– Matthew Chapman / Twitter. Sep 13, 2020.
The crazy thing is, most of the towns burning in California are Republican parts of the state! It’s Trump-supporting farmers and loggers losing their livelihoods. And he has no political incentive to care because California’s a blue state and their votes don’t matter.
Every state has Democrats and Republicans. Every state has regions of voters with different needs and interests. If we had a national popular vote, politicians would be forced to listen to all of these disparate groups. Under the Electoral College, most of it doesn’t matter.