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There are lots of great reasons to ditch the Electoral College:

  • One person, one vote, anything less isn't true democracy.  I could stop here and feel like I've won the debate, but I'll push on :)
  • Tiny states are completely over-represented (same logic as the "Do you want NY and CA electing the President?" argument in favor of keeping the Electoral College, I'm just looking at things from a RI point of view).
  • In 48 states, a presidential candidate can win 50.01% of the popular vote, yet receive 100% of the electoral votes from that state.
  • A candidate can win with only 21.8% of the popular vote.
  • Swing states are given too much attention. Safe states are given no attention. Candidates don't campaign in states they know they can't win or can't lose.
  • The possibility of a 269-269 tie.
  • Third party candidates can't ever win, but have a huge effect on the outcome anyway.


And most important of all:

  • The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few (or the one). ~Spock/Kirk

 

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