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Should the Electoral College be abolished? Show more Show less
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The Electoral College is a body of electors established by the United States Constitution every four years to elect the President and Vice-President of the United States. It has increasingly become a source of controversy; in both the 2000 and 2016 presidential election the winner of the popular vote did not win the Electoral College. Why do we have the Electoral College? What are the pros and cons of the Electoral College? And should it be abolished?

No, we should keep the Electoral College Show more Show less

The Electoral College increases equality by ensuring all political attention is not focused on a few densely populated areas.
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It is too difficult to get rid of the Electoral College

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The Argument

Rising levels of polarisation amongst voters and political deadlock in the United States Congress makes it increasingly difficult to get rid of the Electoral College, particularly as both of the major parties have self-interest in its maintenance. To reform or get rid of the Electoral College would require a constitutional amendment with two-thirds majority in both houses of Congress and three quarters of states ratifying it, which has only happened twenty seven times since the United States was founded over two hundred years ago. There is currently not a majority in favour of abolishing the Electoral College. Therefore the time could be better used to address more pressing issues.

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[P1] Getting rid of the Electoral College requires significant backing, which is not there. [P2] There is no point spending time on this when there are more important things for politicians to be dealing with.

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