The Electoral College is an institution that officially elects the President and Vice President of the United States of America. The electors are chosen by each state, and the District of Columbia. I support abolishing the Electoral College because it is not straight forward; it is a failure in accurately reflecting the national popular will, and it discourages the turnout and participation in our nation’s voting.
The Electoral College is overly complex. This is something that is unnecessary during such a frantic time as the race for the White House. The Electoral College does not provide a straightforward process for selecting the president. Instead, it can be extraordinarily complex and has the potential to undo the people's will at many points in the long journey from the selection of electors to counting their votes in Congress (Edwards, 2011).
The Electoral College is also a failure in accurately reflecting the national popular will. The Electoral votes in the college tend to over-represent people in rural states. This is because the number of Electors in determined by the number of members it has it in the House plus the number of members it has in the Senate. The result of this is the least populous states carrying the same voting strength in the Electoral College as a larger state which should theoretically have more Electoral votes.
Lastly, the very thought of the Electoral College discourages the turnout of voters and participation on Election Day in our nation. Except in closely fought swing states, voter turnout is largely insignificant due to entrenched political party domination in most states. The Electoral College decreases the advantage a political party or campaign might gain