Your Vote Does Count

Gena Cohen

As election day draws closer it is important to remember to vote because your vote will help decide who will become the president of the United States.

After countless hours of convincing myself that my vote wouldn’t count and that I wasn’t going to vote, I have decided to vote. The deciding factor is, thanks to Google, that my vote will count; plus, I’d rather not have Trump build a wall or do anything else for this country. Even though both candidates are not my first pick I believe it is important to vote so that the best candidate for President can win, which I don’t think is Hilary either. I would rather not get stuck with a “wall” being built to keep immigrants out, because a wall wouldn’t keep anyone out, people would find a way.

Don’t think that when I mentioned the word, “help” earlier (and will mention again) means that your vote doesn’t actually count because it does. How does your vote count? Well, if you do vote you are pressuring your governor into choosing what elector will represent your state at the meeting of electors. These electors make up the electoral college who will go on to elect the President of the United States, and stop Trump’s shenanigans.

When I was in middle school I remember that I thought the electoral college was a group of old people who got together and made the decision for the President of the United States. Well, according to archives.gov the electoral college is actually made up of 538 electors and only 270 electoral votes are required to elect the president! This means that the elector(s) in your state are representing the whole entire state. For example, one vote would equal 100,000 votes!

Don’t let my ranting and these facts get you discouraged. Even though the electoral college makes the decision for who will become president you still help in the deciding factor. According to archives.gov, when you go to vote you are technically voting for an elector who will represent your state in the meeting of electors that your governor chooses. After the election, your governor will then fill out a “Certificate of Ascertainment” which has all the names of the presidential candidates. It also shows the winning candidate for your state, their electors and the elector that will represent your state at the meeting of electors in December.

This certificate will then be taken into account at the meeting of electors. Now, this isn’t an actual meeting where the electors get together in a large conference room. Rather it is a voting process where the electors meet in their own states to cast their vote for the President and Vice President. According to archives.gov these votes are recorded onto a “Certificate of Vote and sent to the Congress”, which is a list of all of the electoral votes. The Congress will then meet on January 6th and tally all of the electoral votes. This will determine who will become the President of the United States. After the decision is made the President takes the oath and is sworn in.

Still don’t think your vote counts?