Is it Time for the Electoral College to Go?

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    Do we need it anymore? Gallup polls have show than the American people prefer Direct Elections for President over the indirect Electoral College.

    It used to be necessary, back when we couldn't talk to each other by picking up a phone and we didn't have nationwide 24/7 news coverage.

    California just became the latest state to vote to give all their electoral votes to the candidate that wins the popular vote, joining seven other states that have done so.

    Is this the beginning of the end for the EC?
     
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    Nope. The college gives us a little more balance.

    A pure democracy tramples the rights of the minorty
     
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    I really cannot take the whole "follow the national vote" thing seriously. The first time a state that always supports party X notices it can swing the election to party X by ignoring the national vote will surely try some shennanigans to make that outcome a reality.
     
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    How? How are minority rights protected by the Electoral College in Presidential Elections?
     
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    I really don't want people from NY, Chicago and San Francisco deciding who will be president. The reason for the electoral college is to prevent the most populated areas from deciding Presidential elections. It works. :)
     
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    As I said it provides balance, On a national level that would be states. Why should one state have a larger voice just because of population? POPULARITY?
     
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    This, for once is not about minorities, it's about population. Not fair the biggest and most populous cities get to decide elections.
     
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    Hell NO!!!.. It is NOT time for the EC to go... the EC helps to ensure that each branch is elected/chosen in a different manner.. and also helps ensure the voices of the smaller/less populous states are still heard without being drowned out by the urban mega-population areas...

    IMHO, it is needed now more than ever
     
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    The EC is as about as unconstitutional as you can get.

    The idea of a state handing out all thier "points" to the popular vote getter is just as dumb.

    We live in a computerised age. And besides, the election is in Nov but the winner isn't seated until Jan, so it's not like there's a big hurry.
     
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    The rights of the minority should not extend to elections. Makes no sense.

    If electing chief executives is so much better by an electoral college type system, instead of the popular vote,

    why aren't governors of states elected that way? Does that mean every gubernatorial election in this country 'tramples on the rights of the minority'?

    Ridiculous.
     
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