What Are The Pros And Cons Of Electoral College

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The Electoral College is composed of 538 people who will then choose the President and the Vice-President of the United States according to the votes of people in each state. When people vote for a president, they don’t vote for him or her directly. Voters will “be choosing which candidate receives their state’s electors” (Soni). Every state has a specific number of candidates depending on the population of the state. “The electors are appointed by the political parties in each state, so if you vote for Donald J. Trump on Tuesday, and Mr. Trump ends up winning the popular vote in your state, then electors that the Republican Party has chosen will cast votes for him in their state capitals in December” (Bromwich). Many people might think that they are voting for the president but they are not, they are voting for the electors who will then choose the President. A candidate wins the presidency when he or she get more than 270 electoral votes. This means that in order for one candidate to win a state, the need to win the electoral votes for that particular state. Electors are selected usually at state conventions. “The electors are usually state-elected officials, party leaders, or people with a strong affiliation with the Presidential candidates” (Soni). The Electoral College casts its votes on in December, and then the votes are read in…show more content…
Some of the benefits are that it protects the choices of the minority, “it facilitates a two-party system… [and] it directs more power to the state” (Noble). There are also some negatives or cons of the Electoral College. First, since there is a minimum of three electors per state, some states get a higher percentage of the votes, and some people do not consider that democratic. Second, this might cause people not to vote because they will think that their vote does not matter. Finally, it is a con because small states get more power than bigger
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