While I do think the system could be "tweaked" a little, I do believe it's necessary. A popular vote is an insane idea, it's mob rule. Possibly more like two wolves and one sheep voting over what's for dinner. However, I do believe that the amount each state contributes to GDP, minus how much they spend, should factor into the amount of electoral votes. I think this is a better idea because it wouldn't allow largely populated, mildly productive states to have a heavy influence on elections. It's unfair for fiscally responsible states to be dominated by debt ridden states that do very little except soak up tax dollars.
The College was a brilliant idea on the part of the founding fathers of the U.S. to make sure that small states don't get steamrolled when it comes to elections. Without its Electoral College votes, a state with a small population, such as Montana or Vermont, would be completely overlooked in national campaigns. However, to balance this, large-population states such as California should be given more representation in Congress.
The Electoral College was a brilliant idea on the part of the founding fathers of the U.S. to make sure that small states don't get steamrolled when it comes to elections. Without its Electoral College votes, a state with a small population, such as Montana or Vermont, would be completely overlooked in national campaigns. However, to balance this, large-population states such as California should be given more representation in Congress.
The United States Electoral College is designed to recognize the unique nature of the union. Not only is the United States a democratic republic, it is a collection on individual states. The Electoral College is designed to ensure states with smaller populations nonetheless have a meaningful role in the selection of the nation's chief executive.
The Electoral college does not fairly represent states, nor does it even begin to represent territories, which in my opinion should be able to vote. The preamble to the Constitution opens with 'We the People', as if we are a Utopian society where every citizen has an equal say. But we are not. The electoral members are mostly rich property owners, which makes them biased towards whoever gives them the better deal. Also, the electoral votes are the ONLY votes that even matter- it determines the outcome of an election, not the millions of wasted popular votes. An example of this can be found in the case Bush VS Gore.
In conclusion, the Electoral College unfairly represents us, and it needs to be abolished.
It undermines the idea of a government elected by the people, an idea the United States was founded on. It neglects to acknowledge the will of the people and the popular vote. As a result of the electoral college system, the popular vote can greatly differ from the electoral votes (the election of 2000, for example), essentially rendering the decision of the people worthless.
The constitution says "we the people". The electoral college is defying this and instead of the people deciding who gets elected president and who they think is best for them. The elite politicians (around 500-600) are deciding for around 300 million people. The whole entire system is unconstitutional and needs to be taken down and replaced with a general nationwide vote where "we the people" actually applies to the America voting system.
Over the past three decades, swings states are the only relevant states to determine the outcome of presidency. It's very easy to predict which states candidates need to control in order to win election. With that being said, some states will be overlooked purely because they are to for left or right.
The Electoral College should no longer be used to determine the presidential election. The Electoral College is not a true representation of the electorate. It gives to much weight to the larger swing states. Using the popular vote to determine the winner of the presidential election is the best way to be a true democracy.
When the United States uses the Electoral College to determine the results of the presidential election, it neglects the will of the people for an outdated and inaccurate model. When the Electorial College is used, a representative number of votes are used to determine the results without paying mind to the popular vote, which is sometimes different.