(Closed) Abolish the electoral college

posted 6 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Yes

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I completely agree! 

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I am in favor of getting rid of the electoral college because I think it is totally pointless at this point. But I don’t think we should abolish the senate. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Father's Vineyard Church/ A Touch of Class Banquet Center

It can be frustrating, but there is a reason for the electoral college. Without it, Candidates will be able to just pick and choose where they want to campaign (basically, be able to know where they are going to win and just pander to those people), or they will start to ignore the rural areas and just focus on the urban areas that have higher population. The electoral college is supposed to act as a checks and balance system to make sure that the urban areas do not hold all of the power.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Mrs. Doily:  They already do that. They don’t have to focus on states where they know they can’t win or where they know they are guaranteed to win. Not sure why what you are proposing is any different?

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Father's Vineyard Church/ A Touch of Class Banquet Center

@crayfish:  But it also prevents the most populous states from having all of the power.With the electoral college, they definitely have more power, but the other states, can somewhat balance it. Without the electoral votes, the popular vote would be decided primarily from Texas, California, New York, Florida, and Illinois. That’s three primarily Democrat states, one Republican state, and one swing state with the majority of the power.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

 

@crayfish:  Agreed, @Mrs. Doily: in fact with our electoral college it would be better and everyone would be important. In some states they saw next tp no campaigning and commercials. In certain swing states they saw a policitical commercial every 4 minutes.

Campaigning spending is very nicely represented here.

http://vimeo.com/52258074?action=share

NPR:

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Father's Vineyard Church/ A Touch of Class Banquet Center

@ChuckNorris:  LOL! I have a Bachelor’s in Political Science, so I have had to many a paper on this. I used to think that it would be better without until I did research as to what could happen without it. Then I changed my mind. 😉

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Father's Vineyard Church/ A Touch of Class Banquet Center

@star_dust:  If we decide the president purely off of the popular vote, then we are essentially handing the majority of the power to the most populous states. The four most populous states have almost 32% of the population alone. The top 10 states make up 52% of the population. This means that they hold most of the power, not the other 40 states.

Now, I do think that all states should do what Nebraska and Maines does and divide up the electoral votes based on what candidate won and where. I think that really does begin to more fairly reflect the popular vote and it helps keep the more powerful states from having too much power on their own.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I agree that it should be abolished.

I live in Ohio, which is a swing state. We saw political commericials every two minutes, Obama and Romney were all over the state, rural, urban, everywhere!

 

It was really annoying, I would rather have the popular vote decide personally.

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