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Karla Orellana Mr. Correnti World Cultures Honors, Period 5 15 November 2020 Should We Abolish the Electoral College? Whether we should or should not abolish the electoral college has been on the minds of many people, especially since the election for the presidency in 2016. In this election, Donald Trump managed to win against Hillary Clinton with 302 electoral votes even though he lost the popular vote by 2.7 million votes. This phenomenon has happened three other times in the history of the United States, which means the electoral college has a fail rate of 7%, not including the most recent election, according to CGP Grey. For something so important, this number seems like a "rather dangerously high percentage" (Grey 6:07). From this information, we should abolish the electoral college because aside from its 7% failure rate, there are reasons for why removing it would be beneficial. These reasons are: your vote will matter, removes the "battleground states," and stops the distortion of the one-person, one-vote principle. In the electoral college, it is winner takes all. This means that if a candidate wins the majority of individual votes in a state, they win all of the state's electoral votes, excluding Nebraska and Maine, who use the District Method. However, this voting system causes many voices to go unheard. For example, if you lived in Vermont and ended up voting for a Republican president, "your vote for president is meaningless" (Anuzis 9). This is because "your state is reliably blue and ALL of its electoral votes can be counted on to go to the Democratic candidate" (Anuzis 9). We live in the United States of America. Whether someone is a

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