Should We Abolish the Electoral College?

The Occidentalist Staff

  We just had a major election in the United States and the Electoral College will play and already has played a major part in deciding who our next president will be, with that The Occidentialist Staff believes that the Electoral College should be abolished. 

  Why was the Electoral College even formed in the first place? Framers feared factions and worried that voters wouldn’t make informed decisions. There was also a split between the people, some preferred the idea of Congress choosing the President, and there were proposals at the time for a national popular vote. The slave-owning states wanted to have a say and because slaves were considered 3/5ths of a person, the slave-owning states ended up getting more power even though these slaves could not vote. The Electoral College was a compromise. 

  Some argue that the Electoral College should not be abolished because it gives representation to the smaller, less populated states and areas. But, we agreed that if the Electoral College was abolished then everyone’s vote would count even more than it does now. Everyone would get one vote and their one vote would go to their candidate, population wouldn’t matter.  

  The reason many want to abolish the Electoral College is because people believe that it is an unfair system. In past years, like the 2016 election, the winner of the popular vote did not win the election because of the Electoral College. We believe if we abolished it, this wouldn’t happen and the power would go into the hands of the people. 

  Both sides of the argument make strong points, but in the end, we decided that abolishing the Electoral College would give the American people more power and help everyone feel more represented in choosing the next president.