Adam discusses why the electoral college is a bad portrayal of democracy in America. His main point, is that the President is decided by the states, and not the people who make up those states. He also goes on to talk about how problematic the electoral college is by having "swing states" because of the general power they have over most other states. In 24 states, electors do not have to vote for their parties pick in the election and over 80 times that has actually happened. This video basically sums up how bogus of a system the electoral college is and how it is not properly equipped for such a heavy decision, like decision of President of the United States.
This image represents the importance of the Electoral College to future presidential candidates of the United States. The Electoral College has made it more important to win them over, rather than all of the other normal citizens of the United States. However, winning them over can be difficult and almost like a maze, as the picture depicts. One may never know the results of the people, but with the electoral college there is less of them, which makes them harder to please. 1 elector from the electoral college can change an election tremendously, 1 vote from the people - unlikely. Overall, as a democracy we should treat everyone's vote equally. More average wage citizens of the U.S. are effected from presidential campaigns than high paying elected officials, so shouldn't they have a bigger say on what can happen to them economically, or even socially due to social opinions from the elected officials and presidents?
In this video, it begins by discussing how the votes per state are miscalculated and unfair. The system grants each state 3 electoral votes no matter what, and the states gain more votes depending on population, which is not a fair system. Some states that deserve more votes actually get less than the states that don't need them. It is pretty pathetic when only 18 out of the 50 states typically get a visit from a presidential candidate. This happens because these candidates need to win only these states over to become President. So, what makes Ohio more important than South Dakota? We have the same amount of importance, we make up America. So, obviously the electoral college is a very unfair system.
There are many reasons why one might believe the electoral college should no longer control who the next leader of the United States is. This article reflects on ten of the most prominent reasons why the electoral college is an issue. There are some obvious reasons like, the fact that it defeats the purpose of a popular vote, by overruling it during elections. However, there are also some reasons that people may not know or have considered while debating whether or not it's a good system. Some of these reasons include: the distortion of the one-person, one-vote principle of democracy, making it very hard for third parties to win elections, and finally, the Electoral College system distorts the presidential campaign by causing the candidates to grant extra weight and importance to the parochial needs of the swing states rather than paying attention to America as a whole.
This article reflects on the troubling past of the electoral college, that has made candidates unpopular to the people of the United States, their President. Even in the most recent election between Clinton and Trump, the electoral college negated the popular vote and elected Trump as our reigning president because of the electoral college. The article goes on to discuss how one of the main flaws of the electoral college, is how it was made. Delegates during the Constitutional Convention in 1787 decided to design this system because they mistrusted the people to make these heavy decisions. The current U.S. population is 325,996,174 and of those the people are supposed to put their faith in the hands of 538 electors.