The Electoral College Should Be Abolished

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Many citizens think the President and Vice-President are elected due to their individual vote casted on election day. However, this is not completely accurate. They are elected by a group of officials, who have pledged to support their nominee, called the Electoral College. Each state has a number of electors comparable to their population: its number of senators (always two) and representatives in the House. The Electoral College consists of 538 electors who vote to decide who will be President and Vice-President of the United States of America. These are two of the highest executive officer positions in our country. The candidate that receives most of the electoral votes will be elected into office, but not always, as electors can choose …show more content…
Many Americans are requesting that the Electoral College be abolished due to inconsistencies, for example: The Electoral College votes are not equally dispersed for each state, or someone could become President by winning only 21.8% of the popular vote, and the swing states vs the safe states which can favor one candidate over the …show more content…
While experts complain about this, those labels of the safe states and swing states reflect how people of those states will vote. Another benefit of the electoral college is that candidates must win state by state and this prevents their ability to go to their strongholds and increase turnout-or stuff their ballot boxes. The College makes candidates go to the most evenly divided states of our country to campaign to those voters. In doing this, it has made political parties less extreme and more inclusive than they would be without the Electoral College (US News by Trent England |Contributor Nov 5, 2012). An opposing view by some voters is with the college, small states and swing states will have more power. For example, one man will not equal one vote. Since California has 55 Electoral College votes that equals 705,454 people per vote while there are only 194,717 people for each of Wyoming’s three electoral votes (News Max Brenda Noble July 2, 2015). Small states would not have a voice without the Electoral college and it would mean their vote would not matter. Additionally, Americans in the divided states should be able to hear from those campaigning to be President which enables voters to select the candidate of their choice before heading to the

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