So What Happened Tuesday, Anyway?

So What Happened Tuesday, Anyway?

Kian Pfannenstiel, Editor

Election day, as you likely know, was just this past Tuesday, November 3rd. There are likely many questions as to what exactly happened Tuesday for those who voted, for instance “What all was voted on?” and “How does the Electoral College actually work?” and “Who did you vote for?” One of those questions is completely inappropriate and I discourage any of you from asking it, but the first two are good questions that many of you may have. If not, congratulations, you’re more educated than I was entering to polls.

First off, what was voted on depends on where you live. I myself live in Rock Island County, but most people in Orion live in Henry county. So, to keep it simple, we’ll work our way top down. Everyone across the nation voted on the president and the vice president, and the ballot featured candidates from the Republican, Democratic, Green, Libertarian, and the Socialist parties, as well as a line to write in an unlisted candidate. For Illinois,there were a few judges to vote on whether they should be kept, a general poll as to whether the Second Amendment as worth keeping or not*, who we wanted as representatives and senators, and a vote on the Fair Tax Amendment, which would allow Illinois Congress to change tax rates for the different social classes. There were a few smaller positions that were voted on as well, like Coroner and county positions, like Rock Island County Clerk, depending on where you live.

Of course, each county has a slightly different ballot, and each state has a very different ballot. That is just a brief list of what was on the ballot in our area.

But when it comes to the presidential election, there is a wrench thrown into the mix by the name of Electoral College. A hot topic of discussion that is easy to misunderstand or know little to nothing about, the Electoral College is truly an interesting thing. First off, one must wonder how exactly it works.

Each state has a number of electors equal to the number of representatives and senators in Congress, meaning each state has at least three, but could have more depending on population. Illinois has 20. When a state’s popular vote is counted and it has decided how it wants to cast its votes, the electors come together to, in a manner of speaking, verify that that is how the state wants to cast its votes, then cast all of the states electoral votes that way. There are two exceptions to that system: Maine and Nebraska. They each put some electoral votes with the popular votes and some with each congressional district. Maine, for example, puts two votes with state-wide popular vote and one with each of its two congressional districts. Nebraska puts three votes with its state-wide popular vote and one with each of its two congressional districts.

For further reading on the electoral college, a clear and easy to read article is linked below.

As of the writing of this article, the votes are still being counted and for some states mail-in votes are still coming in, so the winner isn’t yet necessarily decided.

Electoral College: How Does It Work?

*This is not an entirely accurate representation of the question, I simplified it greatly for the sake of this article.

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