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Should a direct popular vote replace the electoral vote in presidential elections?

  • Every vote should count

    The comments stating that a direct popular vote would decrease voter turnout makes no sense. Maybe this person lives in a swing-state where they are used to having a huge impact on the outcome of an election. However, for the people living in the 35 or so states that are not swing-states we already have a situation where we feel that it does not matter if we vote or not. Switching to a direct popular vote makes a lot of sense and the comment about modern technology is spot on. Presidential candidates are spending all of their campaign time and money in 20% of the country giving them way too much focus and attention. Let's give everyone a voice and count every single vote.

  • What is the point?

    If the Electoral college chooses who the presidents will be, why should we vote? For instance, George W. Bush won the Electoral College in 2000 following the recount in Florida. But Al Gore received more popular votes — about 540,000 more than Mr. Bush nationally, or about 0.5 percent of all votes cast across the country, and yet, Bush still won. More American people voted for Gore, but it apparently didn't matter because the select few of the Electoral College voted Bush. That is not how this country should be run.

  • It is for the voters

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  • The Electoral College is bad.

    With the current electoral college system, a person can win without a majority vote. Heck, it's possible to win with 27% of people voting for you. Three times the person without a majority won. If there was a 5% chance of the loser winning a sport would you accept it? Selecting the president is much more important!

  • It is not fair

    FAIRNESS is needed in the United States, Also, the electoral college is unfair because the number is already rounded. Also, the minority is ignored. Tambien, the votes from California are always given to the democrats. This is unfair, therefore, the voting should changed to the popular vote. The few times that the popular vote was won and the other was lost was unfair because America is what the people what, so when it is rejected, it is anti-American

  • Modern technology makes electoral college obsolete

    The electoral college may be designed to ensure that the United States' largest constituencies are aptly represented regardless of voter turnout, but in the modern age of opinion polls, internet surveys, and heightened statistical accuracy, the electoral college system is less relevant. The politician who wins the popular vote should always win the election. This method will make it so that every vote counts equally, and could even boost voter turnout in the USA.

  • No, it is too important

    It has been used since the 1700s, and changing it to direct popular vote would require completely rewriting that section of the Constitution, and really, who's got the balls to do that?! Plus, it will decrease voter turnout because people will say, "What's my vote really going to count for?" Not all citizens are prepared to have that much weight and authority about our country's major decisions. The people on the Electoral College are more involved with politics and are much more prepared to make decisions for our country.

  • No, it is too important

    It has been used since the 1700s, and changing it to direct popular vote would require completely rewriting that section of the Constitution, and really, who's got the balls to do that?! Plus, it will decrease voter turnout because people will say, "What's my vote really going to count for?" Not all citizens are prepared to have that much weight and authority about our country's major decisions. The people on the Electoral College are more involved with politics and are much more prepared to make decisions for our country.

  • It doesn't matter!

    The government is so crooked that if you have an electoral college, it's going to go downhill fast. Since the government is in "cahoots" and is all being controlled by a few people under everything, the votes can be bent to the will of those people, and it's not for the greater good of this country. But, it doesn't help if you give the people the direct vote either, because most people base their vote only on the physical appearances of the wanna-be-president, and also on their empty promises. It does not matter what you do, it will only make it worse!

  • Electoral college is succesful

    Voter turnout is a huge problem, and having a direct popular vote would simply further that issue. It would decrease turnout because people would be inclined to think "my vote is just one out of the whole population, so why would it even matter what I said?" We don't want that to happen, and we don't want a direct popular vote.

  • No, The electoral college shows section representation!

    The electoral college allows small states to somewhat matter to the presidential vote. It also shows the representation of each section of the country. Yes I understand its not the people choice then but with popular vote the president can just go over small population states and ignore then so to say.

  • No, the electoral college is the American way.

    No, a direct popular vote should not replace the electoral vote in popular elections, because the country was founded based on the promise that the smaller states would not be pushed out by the larger ones. Moving to a popular vote only is a push towards universal collectivism. Local interests are so important and should be maintained.


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