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An argument in favor of the electoral college

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Presidency: 10 Arguments in Favor of Keeping the Electoral College -- Refuted!

The Electoral College creates a clear winner in cases where the popular vote is very close. For an example, go to this page. In most cases, the Electoral College forces candidates to win not just a majority, but a super-majority. This helps legitimize the election.

Arguments in favor of the Electoral College

The Electoral College forces candidates to pay attention to all voters. In every election, a few states are too close to call.

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Which states will swing changes every four years. Over time, pretty much every state has its moment in the spotlight. The Electoral College protects and empowers minorities. Candidates might ignore a small minority in a national election. But groups concentrated in specific areas can have a significant influence in those states. By forcing candidates to compete for states rather than for individual votes, the Electoral College system gives minorities a stronger voice.

But perhaps the most far-reaching consequence of the Electoral College is that it has led to the development of two political parties that strive for broad appeal.

Myth #1: Electors filter the passions of the people

Most other democracies have dozens of parties, many with very narrow agendas. With so many parties dividing the legislature, it can be difficult to get them to agree on anything. But the Electoral College requires a candidate to win a majority of electoral votes.

If there were three or more parties, that would almost never happen. Thus, American politics evolved to have two national parties, each of which needs to appeal to as many people as possible.

  • Just look at the impact this system had on the 2016 race;
  • There can be no doubt that the Electoral College has encouraged and helps to maintain a two party system in the United States;
  • One way to create a national popular vote election for president without amending the Constitution is a plan called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact;
  • Nonetheless, others continue to make the case for preserving the Electoral College in its current form, usually using one of three arguments.

For arguments against the Electoral College, go here.