Pros And Cons Of Abolishing The Electoral College

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The decision to abolish the electoral college is not a new one. Ever since the introduction of the Constitution, with the electoral college being introduced in the second article and reaffirmed in the Twelfth Amendment, over seven hundred propositions have been made to modify or abolish the electoral college. Even though these attempts have all failed, it is important to note that there are major flaws in this system, and the decision to abolish, or discontinue, this way of life should be reevaluated. The first and largest flaw of this presidential college is its potential for corruption and misrepresentation. Understanding the flaws of the system helps to know how the system works and where those buzzwords can be found. This is how elections and primaries work: there is an open or …show more content…

The National Archives states that the electoral college doesn’t fare well for third parties. They emphasise this through Theodore Roosevelt's Progressive Party of 1912 and several important third parties, such as the Libertarian Party, hosted by Gary Johnson, and the Reform Party, hosted by the influential Ross Perot. Another good example of a third party that also coincides with the knowledge we have gained of late is the Socialist Party, with Eugene V. Debs as the host. Third parties do poorly due to the state's power of deciding how electors vote, as well as other parties' assimilating the third wheel’s ideals. The electoral college promotes a two-party system by giving larger recognition to more prominent parties. This causes smaller, minority parties to grow less powerful and cause a lesser diversity of political opinion. Most of the third-party degression is indeed made by larger parties who would assimilate their ideals, usually to a lesser extent. While yes, this does happen, it still causes a larger misrepresentation, and more often than not, these adaptations are disregarded during the elected official's

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