Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States. His opponent received more popular votes, but lost in the electoral college.
Hillary Clinton’s loss fueled questions following election night. If people’s votes really matter, then why didn’t she win?
“All I know is I voted for Hillary Clinton and I’m just surprised it happened,” said Robert Spector, a Santa Barbara resident.
Spector and millions of Americans were confused about how a nearly 230-year-old process created to make elections fair wasn’t able to help Clinton.
The Electoral College consists of members of Congress in each state.
“She won the popular vote. Something was rigged. I don’t know what it is,” said Spector.
Despite speculation, many people still trust the Electoral College.
“Everybody should have a say in this. If you want New York or California to decide every election… there’s more to the country than the Northeast and California and the West Coast. So absolutely, I’m in favor of the electoral college,” said David Smith, a Santa Maria resident.