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Should the electoral college be used to elect our president?

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  • No, should be the majority vote

    Democracy is suppose to be a government for the people by the people, not to cater to bigger states because they have more delegates. It should always be a mass majority of the vote that dictates the presidency, that way their will never be another incident like in 2000 where Bush was elected because of the Electoral College even though Gore won the Majority of the population.

  • A Majority Should Be Used For Presidential Elections

    The time for the electoral college has passed. In the United States of America, a president should be elected because he or she had the most votes. To win the popular vote and lose an election is asinine, and speaks to a flaw in the electoral college. States have already tried to find ways around it, making the system closer to the American ideal of a democracy.

  • No, it should not.

    The founding principles of this nation were that all men are created equal. As such, there is no reason why any one group should have a louder voice than any other. Using the electoral college for Presidential appointment would be saying that the individual vote doesn't matter, only the strongest clusters do.

  • No, it should not.

    The founding principles of this nation were that all men are created equal. As such, there is no reason why any one group should have a louder voice than any other. Using the electoral college for Presidential appointment would be saying that the individual vote doesn't matter, only the strongest clusters do.


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Anonymous says2013-05-09T15:47:23.810
To abolish the Electoral College would need a constitutional amendment, and could be stopped by states with as little as 3% of the U.S. Population.

Instead, The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC), by state laws.

Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections. No more distorting and divisive red and blue state maps. There would no longer be a handful of 'battleground' states where voters and policies are more important than those of the voters in 80% of the states that now are just 'spectators' and ignored after the conventions.

When the bill is enacted by states with a majority of the electoral votes– enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538), all the electoral votes from the enacting states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC.

The presidential election system that we have today was not designed, anticipated, or favored by the Founding Fathers but, instead, is the product of decades of evolutionary change precipitated by the emergence of political parties and enactment by 48 states of winner-take-all laws, not mentioned, much less endorsed, in the Constitution.

The bill uses the power given to each state by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution to change how they award their electoral votes for President. Historically, virtually all of the major changes in the method of electing the President, including ending the requirement that only men who owned substantial property could vote and 48 current state-by-state winner-take-all laws, have come about by state legislative action.

In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state's electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with about 70% opposed and about 10% undecided). Support for a national popular vote is strong among Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters, as well as every demographic group in virtually every state surveyed in recent polls in recent closely divided Battleground states: CO – 68%, FL – 78%, IA 75%, MI – 73%, MO – 70%, NH – 69%, NV – 72%, NM– 76%, NC – 74%, OH – 70%, PA – 78%, VA – 74%, and WI – 71%; in Small states (3 to 5 electoral votes): AK – 70%, DC – 76%, DE – 75%, ID – 77%, ME – 77%, MT – 72%, NE 74%, NH – 69%, NV – 72%, NM – 76%, OK – 81%, RI – 74%, SD – 71%, UT – 70%, VT – 75%, WV – 81%, and WY – 69%; in Southern and Border states: AR – 80%, KY- 80%, MS – 77%, MO – 70%, NC – 74%, OK – 81%, SC – 71%, TN – 83%, VA – 74%, and WV – 81%; and in other states polled: AZ – 67%, CA – 70%, CT – 74%, MA – 73%, MN – 75%, NY – 79%, OR – 76%, and WA – 77%. Americans believe that the candidate who receives the most votes should win.

The bill has passed 31 state legislative chambers in 21 states with 243 electoral votes. The bill has been enacted by 9 jurisdictions with 132 electoral votes - 49% of the 270 necessary to go into effect.

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