Not being an American citizen I have been struggling for years to understand the Electoral College system. I have read many explanations and watched any number of YouTube vids but my cynicism still keeps whispering ‘something isn’t right’. It seems as if the whole democratic process comes down to unelected, nameless, faceless, state representatives who are ultimately unaccountable.
I understand that each of the states is apportioned a number of representatives to the College. And I fully understand that it is a system to balance out overall influence in the election result between small and large population differences between states. And I while I understand that even if a presidential candidate wins the popular vote they might still lose (as happened in 2016) if their opponent manages to acquire 270 college votes or more.
One question is basically how are those College representatives for each state selected?
The problem that keeps bothering me is these reps are not elected by the public, and there does not seem to be any transparency as to who they are or their politics, or accountability for the reasoning for them to allocate votes for any candidate. I admit to being a dummy, that’s why I am asking.
Secondly, are the college reps capable at all of allocating their state’s vote absolutely free of their own political agenda?
I assume this is taken care of within the Constitution but beause the topic is ‘politics’ I maintain a healthy cynicism.
Again, Can it be completely assumed that the College votes that saw Trump take office be accepted as being totally free of influence from the evangelical right, or the extreme wealthy right wing or even the Russians?
I just can’t get away from the thought the College can hijack the election.
Thanks for my education in advance.