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Sgtmackenzie
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Rollbearandtide
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Popular Vote Should be Instituted for the Office of the President

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Started: 10/19/2012 Category: Politics
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Sgtmackenzie

Pro

The electoral college, while a staple of the Presidential election process and highly ingrained into history and tradition should be retired in favor of a popular vote. There have been times in the history of the United States where the electoral college voted in a president that failed to obtain the popular vote. This disconnect between what the people want and the way the system currently works can be rectified by instituting a popular vote to determine the President of the United States of America.
Rollbearandtide

Con

The Electoral College, established on September 6, 1787, is a grand hallmark of the American election process. Before I begin, I would like to explain how the Electoral College works. The system is based off that each state receives as many electoral votes as it has senators and representatives. There are a total of 538 electors. In order for a nominee to be elected president, the candidate must receive 270 or more to win the majority. This system fair and practical for the nation. It allows such larger states as California, Texas, New York, and Florida to have a greater say over smaller states as Wyoming, Kansas, West Virginia, Alaska, and Kentucky. I say that this system is much more effective than the popular vote.
Debate Round No. 1
Sgtmackenzie

Pro

Sgtmackenzie forfeited this round.
Rollbearandtide

Con

The opponent has forfeited. Therefore, I urge a Con ballot
Debate Round No. 2
Sgtmackenzie

Pro

" I say that this system is much more effective than the popular vote."
Define Effective. If by effective you mean it allows for the election of a president that would not have otherwise won via popular vote tally of the people - then I would agree. However, not everything must continue as is because of tradition. Voting is done by the people, yet in a state where one holds a dissenting vote, no say do these people have when all electoral votes are given to the victor. Thus it becomes a game for politicians and limits the amount of time they must spend in certain states and guarantees the importance of other states. If the popular vote became the way Presidents were elected it would take the focus off of the party and shine it on each individual's ideas, means, and abilities.
Rollbearandtide

Con

Rollbearandtide forfeited this round.
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