I am researching the relevancy of the electoral college in 21st century America. The elections of 2000 and 2016 ended in new presidents who won by vote of the electoral college, not the public vote. Those in the electoral college are not elected by the citizens they represent and they are given enough power to completely determine the outcome of American government. The average American does not even know who is on the electoral college of their state. I would like to run research to discover the purpose and relevancy of the electoral college in an America that is has access to information about American government and are educated on the government system.
My first source is “Abolish the electoral college? Dream on, Democrats.” by Aaron Blake for the Washington Post. This piece explains that the electoral college was established by an amendment in the Constitution, making it very hard to get rid of. The source also pushes the idea that Democrats are the only party who wants to abolish the electoral college, but this can be argued. If a presidential candidate wins the popular vote, then they have support from Americans affiliated with various parties. Getting rid of the electoral college is not the wish of the more liberal Americans, it is a reform that can give citizens a “louder” voice. Blake argues that the electoral college should not and will not be abolished any time soon. My next source is “Should We Abolish the Electoral College?” by Jack Rakove for the Stanford Magazine. The writer goes over arguments for both “yes” and “no”. Then the author proceeds to analyze the argument and comes to the conclusion that yes it should be abolished.