Argumentative Essay: Should The Electoral College Be Abolished?

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The first article's main point is that the United States of America should not get rid of the electoral college, but do away with the popular vote instead. The popular vote does not pick the president, it merely choosing which party of electors will be able to cast their votes towards their candidate. The article also said that instead of the electors for each state be the state's senators and representatives, they should be people of that state, decided by a lottery held before the election day.
The second article said that if the country gets rid of the electoral college, then it would be as though the country is handing the election to the states that have the highest populations (i.e. California and Texas). The smaller and less populated
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The candidate would only have to convince the fifty biggest cities in order to win the election. I agree with the first article in the sense that we should keep the electoral college, but get rid of the popular vote. The popular vote does very little when it comes to the presidential election, though the electors chosen by the popular vote are supposed to vote for their party's candidates, they do not always do so. I also agree that the electors should be those who reside in each state and chosen at random. That way, the president is more so chosen by the people instead of those who "represent the people". The electoral college also helps the small states have an opinion that actually is heard in the presidential election. In class, it was discussed that Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota together, though their combined population is less than that of Oklahoma, each of those states has three electoral votes, whereas Oklahoma just has seven votes. Going by electoral votes, a candidate would have a better chance at winning the election if they won over Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota versus Oklahoma. With the electoral college, a candidate could win over all thirty-nine small states and win the entire election. Though the candidate could be supported by less than a quarter of the population,
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