The Electoral College: Has It Outlived Its Usefulness?
Has the time come to scrap the Electoral College entirely, or do we still need it?
By: Jeff Charles | December 28, 2020 | 368 Words
Since the United States Constitution was ratified, the president has been chosen by a group of electors called the Electoral College. People have been arguing about whether the United States should abolish the Electoral College for years, but a new poll shows that about half of the nation actually wants to get rid of it now. Without it, the president would be elected by the popular vote itself. Should we do it through? The Electoral College exists to make sure each state has some say in who governs them.
If the U.S. were to get rid of the Electoral College, almost every election would be decided by states like California and New York. Most Americans live on either the west or east coast, which would mean that they would get to decide to impose policies that could affect the rest of the nation that does not live in these states.
The debate over the Electoral College has gotten more attention lately because of the results of the presidential election. President Trump and his team are disputing the results of the race, alleging that Democrats cheated.
Some have suggested abandoning the Electoral College to avoid a situation where fraudulent activity in battleground states could unfairly influence the race. The poll showed that 46% of Americans believe that the U.S. should “amend the Constitution so the candidate who receives the most total votes nationwide wins the election.” Only 34% felt that America should keep the system the same.
Of course, it is important to note that some support abolishing the Electoral College only because they want to keep winning elections. In 2016, President Trump won the most electoral votes but did not win the popular vote. Some Democrats don’t want a situation like this to happen again in future elections.
Removing the Electoral College would require an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Two-thirds of both the House of Representatives and the Senate would have to vote in favor of the idea. Also, at least 38 states would have to ratify the decision. With it needing that many people to be in agreement to happen, it’s unlikely that we’ll abolish the Electoral College any time soon!