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Is The Electoral College Worth Keeping?

It's essential for America

It is clearly antiquated

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The Electoral College has served American democracy for hundreds of years and should stay, believes Trent England of First Things. First and foremost, it brings much-needed balance to America's system of government. It ensures that candidates listen to the needs of both rural and urban voices from all over the country in order to win. Rather than just winning big in large states and ignoring the small ones, they need to cater to all Americans. Like the US Senate, this system was put in place to make America more democratic and representative of all its people. It was established for a good reason and shouldn't be done away with.

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The Electoral College is inherently anti-democratic, asserts Peniel E. Joseph of CNN. It allows the votes of Americans in certain areas to hold more sway than those in others, making the whole process flawed. Additionally, this has often happened along racial lines, resulting in minorities' voices being stifled when it comes to running the country. In fact, rather than making politics more inclusive, the Electoral College has made Republicans much less interested in winning over members of the other party than in catering to their small but influential base. Getting rid of it would ensure that every American vote counts equally, which is what real democracy is about.

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