Pros And Cons Of Abolishing The Electoral College

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Philip Dale, a citizen of the USA, remarked, "From the time I was small, I learned that every vote counted, that we actually chose the president directly. They build up your patriotism by saying we can elect whoever we want, and then you find out later it doesn't work that way. I think it's wrong to tell kids it's one person, one vote. It's a huge lie.” The United States uses a very unique system to elect its president. Like any other method, it has come under fire from critics. The Electoral College should be replaced, as it’s a system which presents unreasonable political campaigns, calculates votes unfairly, and contradicts the democratic idea that we vote for the president.
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Smaller states, or states with a smaller population are given more electoral votes per voter than larger states. For example, for every 177,556 residents in Wyoming is equivalent to one electoral vote. However, in Texas, 715,499 people are the equal to one vote. In New York, a vote is around four times less than a vote from Wyoming. These two examples show how much “voting power” certain states have. Wyoming is considered to have the most “voting power” while states like New York and Pennsylvania are on the other end of the spectrum with the least power. This is an obvious flaw in the system, giving more power to specific people depending on the area in which they live. While more electoral votes benefit smaller states, it also gives unfair disadvantages to others. To add to this, in the final vote for president, the way the electoral votes are positioned makes it possible for the elected candidate to be someone other than the popular majority. This completely goes against the idea we vote for the …show more content…

One possible solution is for the United States not to distribute electoral votes, but instead make the voting process one, simple, straightforward affair. There should be just one major vote, with the majority winner the next president. As for political parties, a certain number of people would need to have membership in a political party for it to be considered eligible for entering the presidential race. Parties would nominate their presidential candidates in secure yet party run election; political parties would be limited to two nominees in the final presidential race to keep balance.The government would stay out of the voting process until the majority winner is announced, where in turn the winner would then become president. This way, America can have the democracy it claims to

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