Established in Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, the Electoral College is the formal body which elects the President and Vice President of the United States. Each state has as many “electors” in the Electoral College as it has Representatives and Senators in the United States Congress, and the District of Columbia has three electors. When voters go to the polls in a Presidential election, they actually are voting for the slate of electors vowing to cast their ballots for that ticket in the Electoral College. Debates have waged on over years and elections as to the modern-day viability and success of the Electoral College.
Those who say no, the Electoral College should be changed and not kept the way it is, may contemplate amending or abolishing it altogether. They may have the view that the reasons for which the Founders created the Electoral College are no longer relevant, or that the Electoral College gives too much power to swing states, and ignores the will of the people.
Those who say yes, the Electoral College should be kept ‘as-is’, and have opposed changing it have been known to argue that the Electoral College guarantees certainty to the outcome of the presidential election, ensures all parts of the country are involved in selecting the President, or that the Founders enshrined the Electoral College in the Constitution because they thought it was the best method to choose the president.
What do you think? Should the United States change the Electoral College or keep it in place? Be sure to state what you think the government should or shouldn’t do concerning this issue and why.
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