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How do you feel about the Electoral College?

Do you think it really makes elections more or less fair?

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Asked by cpyrrha at 3:15 PM on Oct. 7, 2008 in Politics & Current Events

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  • nope. I think they do not make election fair. A candidate who wins the popular vote should win the election. The electoral college should not be able to over ride the popular vote.

    Answer by ny.chica at 3:20 PM on Oct. 7, 2008

  • I think it's time to abolish it.

    Answer by teri4lance at 3:25 PM on Oct. 7, 2008

  • If it didn't exist, we would have had 4-8 years of Gore instead of 8 years of Bush. I think it's time to kick that practice to the curb.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:28 PM on Oct. 7, 2008

  • To understand why we have the Electoral College in place you need to understand why it was created in the first place, how it's evolved to date and the purpose it serves today.

    My major reason for supporting it today is simple - large population centers like cities generally have different needs and issue positions than less populated areas like rural communities. That impacts popular vote totals - but it also means rural interests are less likely to be served which big picture does impact us all. The Electoral College still gives voice to the voters but it also negates some populous heavy regions from dictating the way the country is run with a deaf ear to the rest. Every wonder why there are so few blue states and so many red (or is it vice versa?)

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:34 PM on Oct. 7, 2008

  • the electoral college was created bc the founding fathers felt it was their duty to protect uneducated Americans from themselves. yeah, I'm serious.

    Answer by teri4lance at 3:36 PM on Oct. 7, 2008

  • it was created so that the rich and "educated" could pick our president. I think it's useless today.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:39 PM on Oct. 7, 2008

  • It pisses me off!

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:41 PM on Oct. 7, 2008

  • it's outdated and we don't need it anymore.

    Answer by bestmomIcanbe at 3:41 PM on Oct. 7, 2008

  • Umm, not quite. It was created because the South (agricultural) feared the North (more densely populated trade-based economy) would control the government simply by having more votes. The EC's purpose at creation was to give both urban and rural areas a fairly 'balanced' say in elections.

    Land ownership as a voting requirement was designed to ensure the "rich" and educated would win office vs the common folk.


    Answer by ldmrmom at 8:23 PM on Oct. 7, 2008

    But what was Hamilton talking about? The original design of the Electoral College. The plan was that you'd vote for someone whose judgment you trusted, and then he would go off and vote for who he thought would be the best chief executive (women wouldn't get in the game for another 120 years). This way, Hamilton argued,

    The process of election affords a moral certainty, that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications. Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors in a single State; but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union.

    Answer by teri4lance at 9:25 PM on Oct. 7, 2008

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