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    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

    The Electoral College investigation continues...

    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...

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    • I’m currently writing a paper about this topic, you can check it out for more information! It’s not done, but it will be soon lol https://docs.google.com/a/bearworks.jackson.sparcc.org/document/d/1CF_yBJtGsRWMcS2dxwLUF5KDnD82gGkvPwqr0r_JpEM/edit?usp=sharing

    • I liked the pros and cons you brought up. I personally support the electoral college because it makes the entire united states voting population matter, but you bring up a good point with safe states and swing states. I don’t think swing states are necessarily bad though. Good job, thanks for sharing the info.

    • There are lot arguments against the electoral college. I think your point about the electoral college giving power to minority voters was interesting. It was actually designed to give the wealthy elite power over the less educated and poorer majorities.

    • I agree that this is a very complex topic and there are a lot of things to consider. I definitely understand why the Founding Fathers put this system into place, but I don’t believe it is as important now as it was back then. If we are to keep this system in place, I think one way to solve the problem you mentioned of safe and swing states is to move to proportional systems, like Maine and Nebraska, instead of winner-take-all systems. This would allow us to keep the electoral college alive while giving a much more accurate representation of the desires of the American people.

    • I enjoyed this post because I have had the same question for a while. I have heard arguments on both sides that the electoral college is bad because of this or that the electoral college is good because of this. I don’t really know what I think of it at this point because I have not looked at all the evidence but I do think that the pros and cons that you have listed are very good and very convincing for either side.

    • I appreciate the pros and cons list you have given us. I agree with Erin’s approach to the situation, stating that as your list of pros and cons shows, the system is not all bad or all good. Instead of outright abolishing it or allowing it to continue to be a sour topic, proportional representation would be a more fair system. You stated that the electoral college helps minorities, however this turns our many times not to be true. For example, areas of states are often highly concentrated with either minorities or whites. Because of this, in a 5 district state, 2 districts might go Dem while the other 3 go Rep. The electoral college would hurt these minorities because their 2 districts would still have to vote Rep, because that is how the majority voted. A far more fair system would allow the 3 Rep districts to vote Rep, and the two Dem districts to stay with their Dem vote, instead of being forced to switch to Rep. In this way, proportional representation is a solution to many problems the electoral college brings.

    • I liked how you wrote about both the pros and cons of the electoral college. If you added more details on each side I think it would help develop a strong point. I also think that if you incorporated a couple quotes from politics on this topic it would allow readers to see multiple people’s viewpoints.

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    Since the last election, which was decided by the electoral college, I’ve decided to learn more about the electoral college. What it is, why it was made, and what it’s exact purpose is.

    So far my und

    The Electoral College, Good or Bad?

    Since the last election, which was decided by the electoral college, I’ve decided to learn more about the electoral college. What it is, why it was made, and what it’s exact purpose is. So far my understanding is that...

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    • I like that this was an incomplete response but still gave the backing and information to help start a conversation or a different answer as to whether the electoral college is good or bad. I think that mainly peoples opinions on it change depending on whether or not their candidate wins which is why it is refreshing to see your response coming from an angle of research and not just partisan frustrations.

    • The electoral college has its positives and negatives. Its sole purpose though is so that in elections it is not just states like California, Florida, and Texas the only representation with it being a popular vote. The electoral college allows small states like Rhode Island and Vermont to still have a say, but not as much as those three big states. Yet, the Electoral College still has not voted yet. There is nothing in the Constitution that says that the electoral college has to vote the way we voted. Though it is ideal and causes madness when peoples votes are thrown out. For those that are scared for Trump’s presidency, there is chance he might not even become president, especially with this election we may see the electoral college go against the electoral vote trend and follow the trend of the popular vote.

    • What a good argument you have brought to the table Erik. With are recent presidential election I think there is a lot that can be said about the Electoral College and its good that the question if it is good or bad has been brought up. This is a very controversial topic and I think many people argue that it is unfair and doesn’t really exemplify a democracy. So many people are out of touch and feel like they don’t have a say. Others might argue that it is a good thing and provides order in the voting process. I think your on to something Erik.

    • Hello!
      This is also a topic I have been looking into extensively. I have found that one of the reasons for the electoral college is a compromise between the people voting and the congress voting, because many people did not believe that slave’s votes should count. Great post! I like your third party explanation of the electoral college. Very educational base.

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    Writing is important for people. It is a way for us to expand our mind and work through parts of our daily life. Writing is as important as a hobby or a pastime as it is for work or other more serious parts in our

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    My favorite word is bamboozled, and it is such a fabulous word. I’m not really sure why, it’s just so much fun. It means to be deceived or get the better of by use of trickery. It can make any situation lig

    Oh, Such a Fabulous Word!

    My favorite word is bamboozled, and it is such a fabulous word. I’m not really sure why, it’s just so much fun. It means to be deceived or get the better of by use of trickery. It can make...

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