I disagree with abolishing the Electoral College. It is antiquated, but it serves a purpose that is vital to our republic. The Electoral College gives the minority a voice. In a pure democracy, the majority rules. The minority feels disenfranchised and the Founders knew this could someday lead to another revolution.
The majority of the US population, 79% per the 2000 census, live in urban areas. By state, only Missouri and West Virginia have less than 50% living in urban areas. If the Electoral College were removed, then politicians would only try to appeal to the urban centers of the population. Campaign's don't have limitless finances, they have to get the most bang-for-their-buck. Why spend money running adds and driving all over a state visiting rural areas to towns with only a few thousand people? The time and money would be far more efficiently spent in cities. Essentially, rural minorities would fall under the tyranny of the urban majority and have no voice in choosing the President.
Under the current system, the Electoral College, the election routinely comes down to a few "swing states". Many complain about this and feel that their vote is "less important" because they don't live in a swing state. In reality, the swing states help to enfranchise the minority, whether they realize it or not.
Since a Presidential candidate has to campaign on a state-by-state basis instead of nationally, they have to appeal to a wider range of people within the state. By the virtue of being "close races" swing state urban areas are divided. In order to get the coveted votes needed to win the state, the candidates must appeal to the minority rural voters as well.
A rural farmer in deep-blue California may ask, what good is that to me? The question to ask the farmer is, who is he more likely to share a common interest, a city-dweller in Los Angeles, or a rural farmer in Ohio?" The answer is a rural farmer in Ohio is more likely to share his common interest. Thanks to the Electoral College, the interests of the minority are protected.
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