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Opinion: Pros and cons of Electoral College

Pros

Written by Hannah Akers

 

The Electoral College is a system used by the United States to determine the president through votes deviated to the states based on population. For example.Indiana has 11 and California has 55 because they have more people. It was a compromise in the Constitution that allowed the states to choose the president and make sure both the North and South were given equal representation.

One pro of the electoral college is that is allows the states to continue to have sovereignty, meaning they have control over their state and their people. It gives them the power to participate in elections other than just people. This also reflect the federal system our country operates under.

Considering all 50 states have different regulations for voting, the electoral college makes it easier for them to organize these elections. This doesn’t force the states into a box of what the federal government wants. Instead, they can organize their elections the way they want, including and excluding people from the vote, determining how registrations is conducted, etc.

Lastly, the electoral college helps so that the votes aren’t just concentrated in large cities. If this country were to go by the national popular vote, the votes that sway the election from mainly come from populous cities, which might discourage people from rural and suburban areas from voting. The electoral college makes sure everyone’s vote is counted to figure out which candidate gets the majority.

Cons

Written by Thomas Niemier

The electoral college is a form of electing the president of the United States using 535 delegates comprised of 100 Senators and 435 House of Representatives from every state. The electoral college was put into place in 1804 with the induction of the 12th Amendment protecting its existence. A couple reasons exist on why the 12th Amendment should be gotten rid of.

The Electoral College favors votes from Senators and House of Representatives over the normal population. A president can be elected by winning the electoral college even if they do not get the popular majority vote. This has happened four times in history, including the 2016 election. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote of the people, but Donald Trump won the Electoral College vote, making him the president.

The electoral college also creates swing states.  The election then gets decided on winning some very important states, such as focusing more on certain states, like Florida or Ohio rather a very republican state, like Indiana.

 

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