Since my last post, I have taken more time to study up on the electoral college and the many viewpoints on it.
My research has given me more pros and cons. One of the cons is that it creates safe and swing states. Since now whole states can be decided for a certain candidate by having just over 50% of the state vote for one party, it means that the votes of citizens who follow a certain party won’t matter since their state has historically leaned to only one party. Some safe states are California and Texas for example. Another major concern is the unequal distribution of electoral college votes for each state since the smaller population states have large amounts of votes so that they can feel that they are represented as much as a state that could have twice as many residents.
Some pros, however, would be that it increases the voting power of minority groups since they can help change the decision of a whole state on which candidate to favor. Another pro would actually be something that’s considered a con to many. The whole concept of the distribution of votes to each state is considered a pro since it lets the smaller states feel they are still important in the process of voting or a president and makes them seem like they are represented fairly.
So, my research has to me, personally, made the electoral college still seem rather unnecessary but it also creates some reasonable arguments for it, so the more I learn the harder it is to formulate a position on it. Looks like this topic will take quite a while to really figure out…