Point of View
UNITED STATES—By now, most of us are well aware that the winner of the presidency is crowned by the Electoral College. There are a total of 538 electoral votes at stake for the presidency on November 6. In order to be crowned victor, the candidate must have 270 electoral votes.
As long as a candidate has the needed number of electoral votes, they are victorious, regardless of the fact that another candidate may have the popular vote. This was a huge argument for proponents during the 2000 election. George Bush may have won the electoral votes, but Al Gore was victorious with the popular vote.
The number of electoral votes that each state gets depends on the population. It’s no secret that some states have a lot more citizens than others, and their number of electoral votes is much higher. Take for example
My biggest gripe with the Electoral College is if the
If the Electoral College was indeed eliminated candidates would be forced to campaign in all regions, which is likely to increase the turnout of voters. Let’s face it; we are all informed that our vote counts, but so many people believe that is not true. With the popular vote determining the outcome of the election people are more likely to let their voice be heard because in the end a single vote could absolutely change the outcome of election. The weight of one vote does not outweigh another vote; they both have equal effect.
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