The electoral college has been a source of many people’s frustrations with the presidential voting system in the U.S. However, many still believe that the system is viable. In an article, Ken Blackwell argues that we shouldn’t be angry with the electoral college itself, but rather be focused on minimizing fraud surrounding elections.
Blackwell argues that because the electoral college is dependent on 51 different state run elections, it is decentralized and therefore has multiple different checks on accountability on the state, local, and federal levels. However, he concedes that that doesn’t mean that fraud doesn’t occur, but rather that we should be attempting to get rid of that fraud rather than tear down the system surrounding it. He argues that eliminating this fraud will therefore lead to more equal and fair elections and will quell all doubts anyone has surrounding the electoral system. He also argues that the system has been around since the beginning of this country and therefore has stood the test of time and should be kept in place.
Mr. Blackwell represents an interesting perspective from the opposing point of view. However, his arguments are possibly not representative of the way that most people who support the electoral college would argue their point of view. He uses a straw man fallacy right from the start. Many’s issue with the electoral college is not that it has rampant fraud. Their issue is that even if an election using the electoral college ran as perfectly as possible, some communities would still be underrepresented while others would be overrepresented. The system doesn’t stand by the American value of one citizen one vote. In many cases, depending on what state you live in, your vote could be worth more or less than a fellow citizen from a different part of the country. He never addresses that issue. Therefore, more research needs to be done to find someone from the opposing perspective who does.