In total, more than 1,200 members are in Germany's electoral college. About half of them are nominated by their parties in a particular region of the country, based on the number of residents there. The electoral college has been used I Germany to prevent the uprising of another fascist leader, and it has been successful in doing so. These same principles can be applied to the US, which has not had any fascist leaders due to the electoral college. Hacking Safeguard Logan, Bryan. " Top US Intelligence Agency Hints Electoral College Briefing on Russian Hacking Won't Happen Anytime Soon." Business Insider . Business Insider, 16 Dec. 2016 . Web. 23 Mar. 2017 . The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) all but ruled out the possibility that electors within the Electoral College will be briefed on the Russian hacking investigation before they meet on Monday. All 538 electors will convene to certify the results of the US election, effectively making President-elect Donald Trump's victory official.
Bogar/Morse April 2017 If hacking occurs, or any sort of tampering with votes for that matter, then the Electoral college minimizes the effects of these and in addition allows for the verification of votes and the outcome of the election Protects against recounts for every single vote England, Trent . "Eliminating the Electoral College Would Corrupt Our Elections." US News and World Report . US News, 1 Oct. 2012. Web. 23 Mar. 2017. There is also no need for nationwide recounts. With the Electoral College, any question about the accuracy or integrity of the election is isolated within individual states rather than creating a national crisis. This was important in 2000, but it was critical in 1876. In that presidential election, results in three states were hotly contested. Racist and partisan vote suppression almost certainly was responsible for the popular vote majority for Samuel Tilden. Because the disputes were contained within particular states, Congress was able to sort the matter out. The vote fraud failed, and Rutherford B. Hayes won the most electoral votes and the presidency. With an electoral college, recounts are efficient and accurate. With a direct popular vote, a recount would create a crisis for the American people and government Electoral College is more informed Jarrett Stepman. "Why We Use Electoral College, Not Popular Vote." The Daily Signal . Daily Signal, 21 Nov. 2016. Web. 23 Mar. 2017. Alexander Hamilton defended the Electoral College in Federalist 68 . He argued that it was important for the people as a whole to have a great deal of power in choosing their president, but it was also “desirable” that “the immediate election should be made by men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice.” With a well-informed electoral college, the college can decide to vote against a corrupt of dangerous candidate if needed, and vote according to legitimate reasons instead of simple, non- evidence-based opinions.
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