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Develop an argument that explains whether the Electoral College facilitates or impedes democracy. The Electoral College impedes democracy in a few different ways. First, the winner take all mechanism that is used by the Electoral College in a vast majority of states not only discourages people from voting but ends up disregarding most people’s votes altogether. This winner take all approach makes it difficult for anyone besides major two party candidates to achieve any widespread support. This reinforces the two-party system and discourages any divergence from it. The winner take all system also makes it so that votes that don’t fall within the majority have absolutely no weight in the actual country wide election. A voter who wants to vote third party or for a less popular candidate will likely see no reason to do so, and will be discouraged to vote at all. Arguably the most important way in which the Electoral College

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