The electoral college is a very interesting system of voting that has several pros and cons. I think it has some good and bad points, and I think it has some room for improvement.
Pros and Cons of the Electoral College
1. Pro: It allows small states and small town America to have a say in the the election.Â The candidates go to every corner of the battleground states and many people get the opportunity to meet and question them.Â I am originally from a small town and I think that this is one of the major benefits of the electoral college.
2. Con: Many states are seemingly completely left out of the process.Â A solid blue state like California never gets to see either candidate.Â Neither does a solid red state like Texas.Â These are the 2 biggest states in the union and they don’t get any attention from the candidates.
3. Pro: It gives the winning candidate the majority of the vote. In the 1992 election Bill Clinton only received around 42% of the vote. However, due to the influence of Ross Perot he still won a convincing majority in the electoral college. There is definitely some benefit to winning a majority.Â You don’t want the perception of 2/3 of the country not wanting you as soon as you take office.