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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?

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The Electoral College is no longer fit for purpose and does not produce an accurate picture of the American people.
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The Electoral College gives a minority disproportionate influence

The way the Electoral College is structured means that a relatively small amount of the population has disproportionate influence. This is fundamentally undemocratic.

The Argument

The Electoral College offers sparsely populated states a disproportionate amount of influence over the electoral process. This influence is magnified particularly in swing states. Some voters in states that are considered 'safe' or electoral strongholds for a particular party under the Electoral College feel that they are dis-incentivised to vote, as their votes do not have equal weighting compared to swing states.

Counter arguments

The Electoral College prevents a tyranny of the majority, where the largest and most populated states would decide all elections. It ensures that voters from sparsely populated parts of the country that continue to have important industries also have a significant voice.

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Premises

[P1] The Electoral College gives disproportionate influence to a small amount of sparsely populated states. [P2] This is undemocratic and de-incentivises those from larger states from voting.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] It is not undemocratic, it simply prevents a tyranny of the majority.

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