Hey guys, We last talked about AOC and the Green New Deal and today we are going to be discussing the debate around the Electoral College. Let’s dig in: What is the electoral college? The United States Electoral College is a body of electors established by the United States Constitution, constituted every four years for the sole purpose of electing the president and vice president of the United States. Most would like to abolish it and here is why: Many think it is a threat to democracy. A 2018 report on America’s future political demography found four realistic scenarios in which Democrats win the national popular vote but lose the Electoral College because of the geography of the electorate. Attorney General Eric Holder said “It’s undemocratic, forces candidates to ignore the majority of the voters and campaign in a small number of states. The presidency is our one national office and should be decided — directly — by the voters.”
When I was reading up on the subject it still wasn’t clear what the issue was till my dad made the conflict clear: If you switch to a popular vote, a candidate could win by spending all their time in major population centers like New York, California, and Chicago, while ignoring more rural locales like Kansas, Idaho, or Utah. The Electoral College ensures that all states matter, but, still accounts for population variations.
What do you guys think? Email me or leave a comment below saying whether you think we should keep the electoral college or get rid of it and why.
See you next time,