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Is the Electoral College antiquated

Should they just go by popular vote (like they do for everything else)?

 
Zoeyis

Asked by Zoeyis at 8:46 AM on Sep. 1, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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

    Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections.

    Now 2/3rds of the states and voters are ignored -- 19 of the 22 smallest and medium-small states and big states like California, Georgia, New York, and Texas. The current state-by-state winner-take-all rule is not mentioned, much less endorsed, in the Constitution. It ensures that the candidates do not reach out to all of the states and their voters. Candidates have no reason to campaign or care about the voter concerns in the dozens of states where they are safely ahead or hopelessly behind. Policies important to the citizens of ‘flyover’ states are not as highly prioritized as policies important to ‘battleground’ states when it comes to governing.

    NationalPopularVote.com
    kohler

    Answer by kohler at 2:12 PM on Sep. 2, 2010

  • The Constitution was written for a country that was far smaller in both size and population and in a world over 250 yrs ago. Its okay to update and adjust to changing times and needs.

    Do you think the founding fathers, with the intelligence to put together such a well thought out document were to stupid to realize the country would grow?
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 9:54 AM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • So every state should have their vote based on who wins for that state, regardless of how populated it is? Like Montana, with its far less populated state, should carry the same weight as say New York? Or every vote should be counted and whoever wins the total sum? The electoral college does seem to throw a strange curve on elections, but I'm not sure there is a better way.
    JawgaMom1

    Answer by JawgaMom1 at 8:56 AM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • No, it is the way the constitution was written for a reason.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 8:58 AM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • I can't think of a better way to even up the states voices in national elections.
    Scuba

    Answer by Scuba at 9:01 AM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • No, it works well.
    UpSheRises

    Answer by UpSheRises at 9:12 AM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • If you get rid of it then New York and California with their bigger populations will be deciding our Presidential elections. The smaller states will no longer have a say.

    Natesmom507

    Answer by Natesmom507 at 9:28 AM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • Op,


    If that was true there would never be a republican President again.. That is why the democrats want to get rid of the electoral College.  California and New York always go to the democrats. The rest of the states would not matter, our votes would be worthless.

    Natesmom507

    Answer by Natesmom507 at 9:45 AM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • The Constitution was written for a country that was far smaller in both size and population and in a world over 250 yrs ago. Its okay to update and adjust to changing times and needs.
    Zoeyis

    Comment by Zoeyis (original poster) at 9:07 AM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • People don't vote because they feel there votes get wasted simply because of where they live.
    Zoeyis

    Comment by Zoeyis (original poster) at 9:07 AM on Sep. 1, 2010

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