Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Should The Electoral College Be Abolished?


  1. The electoral college is not a college and never meets as a single entity, but it greatly influences the character of the parties, the nominating process, and the outcome of an election.
  2. The existence of the electoral college usually undermines third parties, which are unlikely to win electoral votes.
  3. Not only does the Electoral College triple the political clout of voters in the seven least populous states that elect just one member of the House, it doubles the clout of those in six other states that elect two members of the House.
  4. George W. Bush was the first Southern conservative since before the Civil War.
  5. Gore proposed that regardless of the outcome in the Electoral College, he and Bush should abide by the popular vote. 
  6. The electoral college meets every four years.
  7. Change that takes place in accordance with Article V is licensed change whereas real change means a departure from any such arrangement. 
  8. The law cannot prevent a candidate from voluntarily withdrawing from the race.
  9. Gore believed that the Electoral College favored small of large states, whites over blacks and Hispanics, and farmers and ranchers over subway riders and commuters in crowded urban and suburban districts. 
  10. Ten states as of the year 2000 account for 54% of the US population. 
  1. Why did we decide to use the Electoral College in the first place rather than using only the popular vote?
  2. How are electors chosen?
  3. When was the Electoral College established?
  4. Would it be legal for both candidates to ignore the Electoral College and decide to follow the popular vote?
  5. Must electors vote for the candidate who won their state's popular vote?

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