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Has American Democracy Failed Us?

Should the Electoral College be abolished?

Tommy Persaud

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As of November 9th, Donald J. Trump has become president-elect. Once again, the U.S. is faced with a president-elect who has won the electoral vote  but not the popular vote. This embarks the idea of abolishing the electoral college and implement a more democratic alternative.

Similarly, during the 2000 election between Bush and Gore, George W. Bush won the electoral vote but lost the popular vote to Al Gore. This spewed debates, arguing whether to ratify the electoral college or to completely abolish it.

Despite having a direct democracy in which senators, house members, and municipal members are elected directly by the people. The president is not directly elected by the people, instead they are elected by the Electoral College.

The electoral college is a system that was created, in part, to make the states feel important in a federalist government. Each state has a given number of electoral votes which is proportionate to its population.

The states that decide elections are called “swing states,” these clearly count more than republican or democratic safe states. The central principle of political equality is allowing citizens to determine their champion. However, the outdated system currently implemented shows otherwise.

Even so, the Electoral College is comprised of electors who ultimately decide the next president of the United States. This completely defies democracy.

The Electoral College is the main obstruction of having a pure democracy in America. Every citizen should be weighted equally, however the means of an electoral college completely defies that right.

Without the means of an  electoral college, candidates would campaign to gain the popular vote and instead of centralizing their campaign within swing states, they would focus on the populace. With a system of direct election, all votes would be equally important and equally sought after.

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