Every four years Americans head to the polls to vote for their candidate to become our next president. Most people think that a majority vote by Americans is all that is needed to elect the candidate of their choice – but things aren’t quite that simple. In reality, each state is given a number of electoral votes based on the size of their congressional delegation. When a person votes for a presidential candidate, they’re actually voting for a slate of electors. This means the winner of the popular vote isn’t always the person elected president, which just happened in election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
People who say we should abolish the Electoral College believe that this system gives disproportionate and undue power to the voters from only a select few battleground states and violates the principle of one man, one vote. People who think we should keep the Electoral College say that the system prevents tyranny of the majority and allows for a greater diversity of interests to be represented in the presidential election.
What do you think?
Should we abolish the Electoral College?