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Should the Electoral College be abolished?

The Electoral College is a body of electors established by the United States Constitution every four years to elect the President and Vice-President of the United States. It has increasingly become a source of controversy; in both the 2000 and 2016 presidential election the winner of the popular vote did not win the Electoral College. Why do we have the Electoral College? What are the pros and cons of the Electoral College? And should it be abolished?

No, we should keep the Electoral College

The Electoral College increases equality by ensuring all political attention is not focused on a few densely populated areas.

The Electoral College requires candidates to campaign in parts of the country they would otherwise ignore

The Electoral College gives attention to areas that might be ignored completely if elections were based on popular vote alone. Explore

The Electoral College ensures the wealthiest and most populated areas don't have complete dominance of the electoral process

The areas benefitted by the Electoral College are not typically wealthy, meaning that it ensures people outside of the super-rich are able to have their opinions heard. Explore

It is too difficult to get rid of the Electoral College

Yes, we should abolish the Electoral College

The Electoral College is no longer fit for purpose and does not produce an accurate picture of the American people.

The Electoral College gives a minority disproportionate influence over the majority of the population

The way the Electoral College is structured means that a relatively small amount of the population has disproportionate influence. This is fundamentally undemocratic. Explore

The Electoral College doesn't consider demographic shifts

The United States has changed significantly since the Electoral College was introduced, and it no longer reflects the reality of its population. Explore

The Electoral College doesn't reflect the popular vote

The Electoral College fails to do what elections are fundamentally meant to do - to reflect what citizens want. Explore
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