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?
The Electoral College is no longer fit for purpose and does not produce an accurate picture of the American people.
The Electoral College doesn't reflect the popular vote
The Electoral College fails to do what elections are fundamentally meant to do - to reflect what citizens want.Explore
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.Explore
The Electoral College disproportionately reflects demographic shifts in the U.S.
The United States has changed significantly since the Electoral College was introduced, and it no longer reflects the reality of its population.Explore
No, we should keep the Electoral College
The Electoral College increases equality by ensuring all political attention is not focused on a few densely populated areas.
The Electoral College ensures that all states are valued
The Electoral College gives attention to areas that might be ignored completely if elections were based on popular vote alone. It prevents the election from being about catering only to big cities and ensures that all states are valued.Explore
It is too difficult to get rid of the Electoral College