Why We Still Need the Electoral College

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    by Douglas V. Gibbs
    By Kevin Price

    The United States Constitution was made by the states, for the states. It is designed to not only create a more efficient federal government, but to also protect the interest of the states. The government's Archives' website describes the Electoral College as "a compromise between election of the president by Congress and election by popular vote." Maybe, but the bigger reason is that the founders wanted each state to have a voice in elections.

    Interesting read @ Political Pistachio: Why We Still Need the Electoral College
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    We'll see how you feel a week from tomorrow. The growing prediction trend among the pollsters is an EC victory for Obama, and a popular vote win for Romney. Should that happen, will you respect the result?
     
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    Makes you wonder why Mitt would kiss off OH and MI by lying about Jeeps-to-China!!! :eusa_eh:
     
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    I think the EC is in the best interests of everybody. If it was based on popular vote, then people in rural areas would hardly be courted; once the primaries and nominations are over, presidential candidates wouldn't have much incentive to appear anywehere else but the major cities. And his (POTUS) policies could be more slanted towards urban over rural areas once in office, cuz that's where the most votes are to get re-elected. My only change to the current system is to do away with the electors and do it automatically. In some states an elector can give his vote to someone other than the candidate who won their state. It has happened in the past, albeit rarely.
     
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    I think winner take all is unfair. The candidates should get 1 vote for each Congressional district they carried and then the extra two, if they carried the state.
     
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    I agree with this, though clarifying the campaigns get to pick the electors for each congressional district won, and two for the states.

    I still do like the idea of Electors. In theory, if Romney or Obama won and a story broke that they'd committed major fraud or a felony crime, the electors give you another chance to reexamine the results and make sure the nation's best interests are being followed. Rarely do electors defect, but I like the possibility being there.
     
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    Why the extra 2? What's the rationale?
     
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    That's what they get now! The total of the number of Congressional seats + Senatorial seats(the plus 2).
     
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    Ec is flawed but it's the best system.
     
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    The Electoral college is obsolete in this day and age they should just put it to a national vote and be done with it but Congress and the Political parties themselves will never let that happen they would have to give up to much power.
     

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