People have been arguing about whether the United States should abolish the Electoral College for years. Despite being a staple of America’s government since the nation was founded, some wish to do away with this institution.
A recent poll showed that almost 50% of Americans wish to abolish the Electoral College. If this were to happen, it would mean that presidents would be elected by the popular vote. This means that whichever candidate wins the most votes nationwide during the general election would be president, regardless of how many states he or she won.
Under the current system, each state gets a certain number of electoral votes based on its population. A candidate must get the most electoral votes to win the election. The system was put into place to prevent a situation in which only a few states get to decide who runs the entire country.
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!