Zach Ihle Part IV

The Electoral College is an extremely controversial topic. Especially due to the controversial outcome of the 2016 presidential election. In which Donald Trump beat Hilary clinton by 72 Electoral College votes. However about 2.7 million more people voted for Hilary Clinton (“The Electoral” 1). Twice in the last five elections the Electoral College has put in office a president that majority of people do not want. For a president to win the the popular vote and lose the election was once considered a rarity. However due to this recent trend this is obviously not a rarity (“ The Pros” 1). Therefore opposers of the Electoral College system have called for reform, actually member of congress have been trying to repeal the Electoral College for years. Thought history there have been over seven hundred proposed amendments to abolish or modify the Electoral College (“ Past attempts at Reform” par. 2).  Opposers of the Electoral College fit into two categories. They’re the people that want to complete abolish the Electoral College, and people that just want modify it (“Electoral” 8). Supporters of the abolishment solution believe that democracy means that majority rules, therefore if you go by that logic, the electoral college is an undemocratic system. If the Electoral College system was totally abolished the President of the United States would be determined based on a simple majority, or over 40 percent of the votes, if no one achieves majority. On some plans if no candidate is able to obtain 40 percent of the votes, congress will choose the next president. In other plans it will be decided by whatever candidate gets the most votes (“Electoral” 8). Supporters of merely reforming the electoral college also believe that the Electoral college is un democratic, but recognize some value in the system. Countless methods of reformat have been proposed throughout the years. Such methods are as follows. One solution is just to abolish just the “winner take all” system. In current electoral college system there is a mini election within each state. Whichever political party gets the most votes receives all of the electoral votes from that state. A proposed alternative to this system is what Maine and Nebraska currently have (“Fair vote” 1). In Maine and Nebraska the state is split up into electoral sections with one vote per section. Each electoral then sends its elector from the winning party (Electoral 9). Another solution is called the proportional plan. The proportional plan would award each State’s electoral votes in proportion to the percentage of the popular vote for each candidate. Another solution that has been proposed is to have state legislature vote for the elector. Supporters of the play say this would eliminate faithless electors who vote for whoever they want (Electoral 11). This battle has been going on for over one hundred years. If people could agree on a solution this would be solved. My goal is to present the arguments from both sides and let you decide what would be best for our nation.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. katiekrien says:

    Great piece. I do think that having the system Maine uses would be more realistic than our current system. One point that I believe would be beneficial to you would be using the constitution. Considering that the Electoral college is an old system and the Constitution is a very old (but still completely used) document, I think that it would mesh well for the piece. You could use the section of “All men are created equal” and addressing that to how currently each vote is NOT equal because of the electoral college system. Just an idea. Overall, I enjoyed reading your piece, and I think this is a highly viewed issue at this time because like you have mentioned, the current President would be completely different if it was based off popular vote instead of the electoral college vote.

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  2. maascarla says:

    For part 3, I think it would be interesting if you could include statistics about how the electoral college has worked well for our country, unless you do not feel that there are any examples. Also, I think it would be very powerful for you to use direct quotes. For part 4, the 40% majority confuses me a little bit. It might be just me, but I would suggest possibly elaborating a little bit more on that.

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  3. This piece was very well-written and presents an objective opinion on each side of the electoral college. I love how you acknowledge at the end what you are trying to do, and admit that it is to present each side fairly and let the reader decide what they think is best. Providing the available solutions is a great use of “what if” to allow the reader to hypothetically see a system that isn’t like what we have right now. I also liked the way you rallied your audience around the fact that people have been trying to change the system for years (is somewhat like the bandwagon technique in persuasion). Other research you could possibly include would be more history on how the electoral college actually came to be.

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  4. knutsjes000 says:

    I agree that this a highly controversial topic right now, so I think it was a great choice for your paper. Overall I think that it was well written and you pointed out some great topics from both sides. There was one part that made me a bit confused: “If the Electoral College system was totally abolished the President of the United States would be determined based on a simple majority, or over 40 percent of the votes, if no one achieves majority”. This might just be me being dumb, but isn’t the simple majority over 50 percent of the votes? I think you could add some direct quotes, possibly from politicians involved in the controversial elections to see how they feel about the electoral college.

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