Prager University: No, getting rid of the electoral college is not the answer
Donald Trump bested Hillary Clinton as far as the electoral college goes but appears to have lost the popular vote (a number of states are still counting ballots for a final tally) – something that has some questioning our system of government and wanting to do away with the electoral college altogether. Here’s why that’s a bad idea.
The President and Vice President of the United States are not chosen by a nationwide, popular vote of the American people; rather, they are chosen by 538 electors. This process is spelled out in the United States Constitution.
Why didn’t the Founders just make it easy, and let the Presidential candidate with the most
votes claim victory? Why did they create, and why do we continue to need, this Electoral College? The answer is critical to understanding not only the Electoral College, but also America.
The Founders had no intention of creating a pure majority-rule democracy. They knew from careful study of history what most have forgotten today, or never learned: pure democracies do not work. They implode.
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