via the MHP blog
It was nearly 50 years ago that Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren declared, ”One man. One vote.” He was speaking in 1963, when the Court was grappling with the issue of equality in voting and representation.
But the idea he was expressing— that inside the ballot box, all voices are created equal—is at the very heart of American democracy.
Only, in a presidential election, “one man, one vote” is just that—an idea. Because the truth, in practice, is this: individual voters— the “one man—or woman”—do not choose the leader of our nation. That decision falls squarely in the hands of another American institution—the electoral college. A presidential candidate does not dream of 51%. He dreams of the number 270. 270 electoral votes to secure the White House.