Should the Electoral College be reformed?

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The Electoral College was formed in 1787 as an alternative to having Congress directly elect the President. During those times information and communications were slow and often inaccurate, and so the College allowed each state to have a percentage vote without a long, tedious direct election process or by allowing...

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The Electoral College was formed in 1787 as an alternative to having Congress directly elect the President. During those times information and communications were slow and often inaccurate, and so the College allowed each state to have a percentage vote without a long, tedious direct election process or by allowing Congress to appoint a President without oversight.

Today, the Electoral College is an unpopular relic of Old Politics. Many polls show that citizens would prefer to have a direct election of the Presidency, or a "Popular" vote; elections are decided by the Electoral Vote even if the Popular Vote points the other way. In the interest of proper Democracy, no council of officials should ever override the majority opinion, and abolishing the Electoral College would both allow more control over the Presidential Office and make for a stronger election process, as politicians and College officials could not be swayed by public opinion or lobbyists.

There are several different options to reform or replace the Electoral College, but the simplest one would be to simply remove the entire process, leaving the President to be elected entirely by popular vote. Currently, citizens feel as if their votes ultimately make no difference, and allowing the popular vote to actually decide the Presidency would fix that. There would be scope for fraud at the ballot box, but that is already a problem and this would kickstart a process to fix fraud as people would be more invested in their votes.

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