As people left the polls on Election Day, I’m sure they took for granted that no matter which voting district they live in their vote would matter, and the candidates who received the most votes in each race would be declared the winner. That’s the way it works for virtually all the elected officials in the United States, except for one: the President of the United States.
With winner-take-all Electoral College voting, just a dozen battleground states with only 33% of the U.S. population decide who becomes president. Because voters in Connecticut have reliably voted Democratic for the past quarter century, our votes simply don’t matter. Every one of the 673,215 Connecticut voters who cast a ballot for Donald Trump last year could have stayed home and the Electoral College count would have been exactly the same. That’s a lot of disenfranchised voters.