Should The Electoral College Be Abolished Dbq Essay

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Most countries in the world that practice democracy use a multi-party system. The United States does practice democracy, but only uses two parties when going through elections. The parties are the democrats and the republicans. One person from each party is chosen to represent their party. The presidential election is when those two representatives from each party go head to head to try to win the vote of as many states they can. Each state is worth a certain amount of electoral votes. These votes depend on how many representatives each state has in the House of Representatives and the Senate. There is a total of 538 electoral votes. To become president the candidate must reach a total of 270 electoral votes. This process is called the electoral …show more content…

For example, North Carolina has fifteen electoral votes. Two of those come from the senate. Thirteen of those come from the thirteen people that represent North Carolina in the House of Representatives because North Carolina has thirteen districts. North Carolina has a population of 9,535,483 people. (Doc 2).Each electoral vote in North Carolina is worth 635,699 people. In Wyoming, each vote is worth 187,875 people.(Doc 2). Each vote in North Carolina is worth three times more than that of Wyoming’s. This is not fair. An election that chooses the next leader of the free world should be a fair election. If the United States were to keep the electoral college system they should make every electoral vote count for the same amount of people. For example, if one electoral vote in Massachusetts is worth 595,239 people, then one electoral vote in New Hampshire should be worth the exact same. Instead, one vote in New Hampshire is worth 329,118 people. One of the ideals that the United States runs on is equality. The same should be done with its electoral …show more content…

In the 2016 election, CNN came out with a map that predicted how each state was likely to vote. It predicted that California would vote democrat, Texas would vote republican, and that North Dakota would also vote republican.(Doc 7). If a republican voter from California would have looked at the map and saw that their state was destined to be won by the democratic candidate, the voter most likely would have thought that there vote could not change that outcome, and they either would have voted democrat or not have voted at all. The electoral college is too predictable. It makes people think that their vote does not count because the outcome of their state has already been predicted. If the election determined the president based on popular vote, a voter will feel more confident that their vote will shape the outcome of the

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