November 8th, 2016 saw the closing of the American Presidential Election. Donald J. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the electoral college and gained the Presidency for the next four years.
Here is the election, broken down:
- 279 Electoral votes went to Mr. Trump.
- 228 Electoral Votes went to Secretary Clinton.
- Donald Trump got 47% of the popular vote with 59,428,580 ballots.
- Hillary Clinton got 48% of the popular vote with 59,647,621 ballots.
- Various third-party candidates make up the remaining 4% of the popular vote.
In this election there were 231,556,622 eligible voters which means 25.6% of Americans voted for Mr. Trump, 25.7% voted for Clinton, .02% voted third party, and the remaining 48.68% of Americans did not vote. Please take a look at those numbers again. They show that only a quarter of Americans this election have dictated the course of the country to the remainder. This is why it has always been so important for everyone to get out and vote when they have the chance. Our democracy has been held hostage by an increasingly shrinking minority of citizens for the past couple of decades; a democratic system cannot survive like that. Remember that in four years, every vote does indeed count.