The electoral college should be abolished.

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The electoral college should be abolished.

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  • The Electoral College removes negative effects of voter suppression because no matter how many or few vote in the state, the elective power of the state is the same. If only one person were allowed to vote in California their one vote would still choose 55 out of 535 electors, thus giving that one voter over 10% of the total electing power, even though the voting rights of the rest of the state had been abolished.

  • The Electoral College system results in unfair outcomes for voters.

  • The electoral college defies the principle of equality of voters: one person, one vote.

  • The possibility of a candidate winning the election but losing the popular vote undermines the perception of legitimacy of the victory.

  • The Electoral College encourages candidates to focus their campaigns in a small group of swing states rather than the country as a whole.

  • Since there are only 538 electors as opposed to hundreds of millions of voters, it is far easier to influence the vote of the electors than it is to influence the vote of the populous.

  • The Electoral College no longer works as it was intended by the founding fathers.

  • The Electoral College limits the ability of people to unfairly manipulate the election of president.

  • The Electoral College protects us from the "tumult and disorder" of an election in which the entire nation chooses the president directly.

  • The Electoral College makes sure that the president owes his or her election to no one but the people.

  • Under popular vote we would be swamped with candidates. Every group with an ideological or major policy interest would field a candidate, hoping that their candidate would win a plurality and become the president.

  • The electoral college protects the integrity of the election, because illegal votes or voting irregularities in one state will not affect the integrity of the vote in another. Put another way, one rogue state determined to elect a particular candidate cannot affect the election outside of its allotted number of electoral votes.

  • The Electoral College works to emphasize states as political units.

  • The Electoral College works to reduce the influence of densely populated areas.

  • The electoral college should be reformed. The national popular vote interstate compact would allow the States to decide on a national popular vote.

  • The electoral college is part of the Constitution and serves as a historical monument from our country's founding.

  • The Electoral College protects our elections from the capricious and easily swayed nature of public opinion.