Representation in our voting system

135 Representation in our voting system

As of May 2020, Gallup polling found that 31% of Americans identified as Democrats, 25% identified as Republican, and 40% as Independent. Additionally, polling showed that 50% are either “Democrats or Democratic leaners” and 38% are either “Republicans or Republican leaners” when Independents are asked “do you lean more to the Democratic Party or the Republican Party?”

However, actual registration by party is different:

In aggregate, 40% of all voters in party registration states are Democrats, 29% are Republicans, and 28% are independents.

Registration stats in 2016:

Number of Registered voters 158 million                                                                    Number of persons eligible to vote 224 million                                                            Number of voters in 138 million

Stats for 2020:

Number of registered voters   211 million                                                              Number of persons eligible to vote 229 million                                                                                       Number of voters 150 million (est.)


The largest % of the population identifies themselves as Independent. Is this group well represented?

Great strides have been made in promoting voter registration and it appears that almost all of the new voters did vote in 2020.

However, there is still a very large number of registered folks that do not vote (approx. 60 million). Do why know why? Is there anything that can be done to encourage them to participate?

The E.C. (Electoral College)

Following illustrates my issue. Wh7 does Wyoming have four time the voting power of Texas. Check out the following chart.

 # of ECPopulationvotes per
Statevotesmillion pop
Rhode Island41,059,3613.78
Total181 121,090,667