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Why Is The Electoral College Unjust?

Why does electoral college even exist? According to Google electoral college is define as: “The Electoral College is a process, not a place. The founding fathers established it in the Constitution as a compromise between election of the President by a vote in Congress and election of the President by a popular vote of qualified citizens.”. Who even is a qualified citizen? Political elites or basically rich people?

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Electoral college creates the possibility for the loser of the popular vote to win the electoral vote. In a study done by Batuhan Kesici it was proved that one can become president by winning only 21% of the popular vote. This is more than a theoretical possibility. Candidates became president without the vote of the majority of the citizens at least 5 times out of the 56 presidential elections, or more than 8.7 percent of the time, which is not such a small percentage. Plus it created a hideous mess every time.

The most recent occurrence was 2016. Electoral college distorts the presidential campaign by incentivizing the parties to write off the more than 40 states (plus the District of Columbia) that they know they either can’t win or can’t lose. Presidents work only for swing states whereas otherwise they would care about every single citizen’s vote. The most popular states for campaigns include but are not limited to Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania. Americans can think for themselves and choose their own president. If United States is a democracy then the citizens of this country should choose their own presidents whatsoever.

In case of a tie, or if no candidate receives a majority of all electoral votes cast for president, the choice of president is thrown into the hands of the House of Representatives but the election is conducted on a one-state one-vote basis. (Yes, Wyoming – population 563,000 in the 2010 census -- would have equal say in the selection of the president with California – 37 million.) And to win, a candidate must receive the support of an absolute majority of states.

In conclusion, electoral college is an unjust and unfair system because it puts people into a stupid position by literally saying you cannot even think for yourself. It shows a mistrust of government towards the citizens which then reflects back to the government. People might say if the government does not trust me why should I trust the government!.. by Fatih Yanik Twitter: @Fatih_Yanik_

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