Popular Vote Should Replace The Electoral College

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On balance, direct popular vote should replace the Electoral College when electing the President and Vice President of the United States. My team and I negates this resolution. In my following statement, I will outline three main contentions from my group’s research to demonstrate the efficiency and reliability of the Electoral College. One, the electoral college can show changing opinion towards a candidate. Two, the reliability of the Electoral College it only ever questioned around an election. Three, if the popular vote was the system of voting for the US, people would switch their loyalty to their state making it a “win all” election. The electoral college is a reliable and efficient system because it can show changing opinion towards…show more content…
The electoral college can show changing opinions towards a candidate that the popular vote can’t offer. Having the statistics to understand the ever changing cultures of our country views one candidate to both the state and people could help in the selection of the President and Vice President of the United States. One example being the elections of 2000 and 2004 where George W. Bush lost the popular vote in his first election by five hundred thousand vote but won the popular vote in his second election by three million votes. Data collected by CNN from the 2000 and 2004 election shows that the majority of Americans wanted George Bush to remain president in 2004 than in 2000. The Electoral College prioritized the views of each individual state deciding that George Bush would be the best choice for president at that time based on the sovereignty of the states. Without the Electoral College, Bush would not have the momentum to keep running for president and run the country the way both the state and people want it to be…show more content…
If the popular vote was the system of voting in the US, Americans would switch their loyalty to their state, meaning the elected candidate would always be from the largest state. This being, the President and vice President of the United states would always come from California with a population of 38 million and holding a majority of 12% of Americans. American citizens rely on their local and states politicians to help push legislation that will balance the government, state, and people relationship. By using the electoral college, candidates can be properly voted for without chance of a tie and splitting of the vote between political parties. It also protects smaller states by balancing the voting power from each state giving everyone representation. With the Electoral College, each state in given an initial 2 electoral votes before giving them the states to complete the 538 vote total. This should create an optimal election where everyone’s opinion is can is treat evenly instead of only using the ideology of the largest state. USA Today states that, “A popular vote contest involving multiple candidates could produce a winner with, say, only 35% of the vote, provoking an outcry to create a runoff process involving the top two vote-getters.” Incidence like riots, voter fraud, and voter recount will be more reamped because a third of the population would be making a decision for an entire country. With the Electoral College, the responsibility of
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