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Path to the Presidency: Should the U.S. keep the Electoral College?

Every four years, talk inevitably turns to the Electoral College, the process by which the United States chooses its president. 

What is the Electoral College? The term is not in the Constitution; the framers refer to electors when outlining the process of electing a president. It was a compromise between direct election by the citizens and election by the Congress. The framers were skeptical that the general public was sufficiently informed to choose national leaders. They thought it would be better for citizens to vote for local officials (the electors) who could make those decisions for them. That same thinking followed the election of U.S. senators. Until 1913, with ratification of the 17th Amendment, U.S. senators were elected by state legislators.

Article II, Section I, of the Constitution describes electors as the group of citizens who elect the president officially. When you cast a vote in the presidential election, you are voting only indirectly for the candidate. Specifically, you are voting for the particular electors in your state who have pledged to cast their Electoral College votes for your candidate. (The process of choosing a president was further molded by constitutional amendments, state and federal laws, and even political parties and tradition.)

Each state has a set number of electoral votes that is equal to its total number of representatives and senators in Congress. There are now 538 members of the Electoral College, which is equal to the 435 members of the House of Representatives and the 100 members of the Senate, plus an additional three electors for Washington, D.C., as granted in the 23rd Amendment. Each state gets a minimum of three electors, so states with larger populations have fewer electors proportionally.

With 538 Electoral College votes possible, a candidate must get at least 270 to win the election. As the election gets closer, you will see stories forecasting which states favor which candidates and how that affects the Electoral College vote.

Does the system need reform?

As American society has modernized, calls have been made to abolish the Electoral College and move to a system of direct popular vote.

Critics of the system who say it’s undemocratic point to the Bush vs. Gore presidential election in 2000. Al Gore won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College to George W. Bush. This has happened three other times: 1824, 1876 and 1888. Opponents also say that the Electoral College makes many states irrelevant in an election if they are clearly leaning toward one party. Candidates focus their resources on getting votes in so-called swing states or battleground states, where no political party dominates. Critics also say that the system contradicts the concept of "one person, one vote."

Here’s how the Electoral College works: Except for Maine and Nebraska, states designate their Electoral College votes on a “winner-take-all” basis. So the candidate who wins the popular vote in Wyoming gets all of the state’s three electoral votes. That doesn’t mean all of Wyoming’s 568,000 residents voted for that candidate, and critics say that it’s more accurate – and democratic – to count the popular vote over the Electoral College votes.

“There is no real doubt about how the electors will vote,” a New York Times editorial said in 2008. “But it is disturbing that they have any role at all in making this vital choice in the 21st century. … American democracy would be far stronger without” the Electoral College.

On the other hand, advocates say that while the system isn’t perfect, it works. In a Washington Post opinion piece, columnist Charles Lane wrote: “For all its flaws, the electoral college helps stabilize U.S. politics by encouraging the development of a two-party system. Choosing the president by direct popular vote would encourage third- or fourth-party candidacies whose appeal might not extend beyond a few large states or a single region.” Proponents also point out that with a direct popular vote, the states with the largest populations would dominate the elections and that the cost of running a 50-state campaign would be hugely expensive.

According to the New York Times, a number of proposals to change the election process have been made. One is called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. States would agree to distribute their electoral votes to match the popular vote once states representing a majority of electoral votes had agreed to do so. Only Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois and Hawaii have signed up, the Times said.

What do you think?

Do you think the Electoral College is the best way to elect the president? Should the U.S. elect presidents based on the direct, popular vote? Does the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact seem like a good solution? Join the discussion!

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1/8/2017
Chicago,Ill
Sophia
Philip D. Armour
I have a question, why would our Founding Fathers come up with the Electoral College? Also, I know that we still have the Electoral College because of some states that have small populations and it really would not matter at all in an election if there was no more of the Electoral College. Well although this is true doesn't this only apply to a very small group and there sometimes does need to be sacrifices to provide the best for everybody.

11/22/2016
Florida, NY
Edward
Holst
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. The Electoral College has worked well for 240+ years. Twice in recent years, Democrats have objected to an election's outcome; that's because they lost. The Framers didn't trust small "d" democrats out of fear of mob rule. The behavior of Democratic Party supporters in the wake of Secy. Clinton's defeat gives ample support to the Framers' concerns. The Electoral College guarantees Federalism, that the small states will be heard in the selection of a Chief Executive. The College prevents dictatorship of the majority. Indeed, the College ensures that the voices of all voters will be heard. Of course, as the democrats have shown, being heard is not the same as winning. As Secy. Clinton so graciously put it in her concession speech, Mr. Trump won, will be the next President, and he deserves an open mind and a chance to govern. More of her supporters should listen to her.

11/14/2016
Sidney, MT
Johren
Sidney High School/Mr. Faulhaber
The electoral college has become a vital piece of our electoral process. I think that it is the best way to elect the president because the entire process is what is best for the American people and what best represents us. The members of the electoral college are elected and chosen by the people. Choosing the president by a popular vote could be a very bad thing for our country because it would give more power to the uneducated and ill-informed voter. The people of the electoral college are chosen by the people and make decisions that are based on knowledge and what is best for us. On one hand, the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact would be a good solution to the problem because it would be the best representation of what citizens want. But, on the other hand, it could potentially make it so the ill-informed voters elect someone who is not fit for the job or has the American people's best interest at heart. I think the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact should be a decision of the state. In conclusion, to better our electoral process, Americans should make their best effort to inform themselves on the elections in order to have the best results for our country.

11/14/2016
Sidney, MT
Andrew
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
The Electoral College is a concept that was made by our founding-fathers to ensure that our country never leans in a direction toward majority rule; where the majority has vastly more power than the minority could ever hope to have. In the case of elections, the electoral college was made so that none of the candidates become demogogues, allowing the electors to vote contrary to their party affiliation or state in order to keep an unfit president from the oval office. Each state is equal in the amount of Senators they have, however the number of representatives they have is totally dependent on the population of the state. For example, Montana has 3 Electors (2 Senators and 1 Representative) and California has 55. (2 Senators and 53 Representatives) Some may argue that because of this, states may have more power than the others. Every state has a say no matter the number of electors, so I feel that the Electiral College should be kept to keep the integrity of the election; refusing to allow a situation if 'minority rule'.

11/14/2016
Sidney/Montana
Laura
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that the Electoral College is the best way to elect the president. If elections were based on the popular vote many people who do not understand, completely, what is going on would be overpowering the vote and cancelling out other, educated voters, votes. As long as there are not any faithless electors, each state gets to vote the way their majority voted in their state. If the Electoral College were to be thrown out, voters in highly populated areas would dominate he election and overtake the votes of the people in smaller states and rural areas. Each state is given a minimum of three electors and they are based on actual people and not trees. With that being said, people in larger cities such as New York or Las Angeles would have more of a voice than the people in any town in a more rural area of the country.

11/14/2016
Sidney Montana
Kasey
Mr. Faulhaber
To be able to decide whether or not the Electoral College is the best way for our nation to elect its new president one must ask the questions “why was this method put into place” and “Is it achieving the certain goal for which it was emplace for.” In this case the two question are related. A big part of the “why” for the need of the Electoral College is to protect the rights of the minorities. With democracies, it usually ends up with majority rules but by having the Electoral College in place it protects the rights of minorities by capping the power of the majority. To say the least this system that we have does achieve the goal of protecting minorities. It is for these reasons that it is clear that the Electoral College has become a key part of our government and should stay in place to keep achieving these goals.

11/13/2016
Sidney Montana
Megan
Mr. Faulhaber
I think that the electoral college is important. The electoral college keeps the powers between state and federal equal. The college also keeps bigger cities from having to much say. The electors will choose who the people wanted unless a faithless elector is in play. Which is very unlikely.

11/13/2016
Sidney, MT
Landan
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
The framers of the constitution were worried about an uninformed public, which is why the created the Electoral College and was a reasonable fear those hundreds of years ago. Now, however, the archaic system is no longer needed as the media is everywhere and the majority of voters can become informed at the click of a mouse via the internet. We call ourselves a Democracy, but this is simply not true until we receive the fair system of direct popular vote. The electoral college is not fair to the vast majority of states, as candidates often ignore their "base" states and focus all of their money and attention on very few "toss up" states each election cycle. Changing to popular vote would fix this, in that candidates would then be forced to travel to the populous areas of many states in which they would never fathom visiting under the current system. Proposals undermining the College such as the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact are great solutions if Congress will not repeal or revise this unnecessary feature of our "Democracy". Five times now the majority of Americans have voted for a candidate, and five times that candidate has lost due to this unfair system. That is five times too many.

11/12/2016
Sidney Montana
Chantel
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
The Electoral College should be the only way the president should ever be elected. The electors vote based on the votes in their state. This protects the country from a true democracy. If this country was a true democracy, uninformed voters would vote, not by who they agree with, but most likely who their friends voted for and just vote to say they did. The Electoral College, although sometimes does not elect the candidate who won the popular vote, does keep it as an indirect democracy and will allow those who actually care about politics and the issues to vote and those votes will have a bigger impact on the election. If you don't vote, you should not complain about the system. If you feel you want to vote, make sure you are informed enough so you won't vote for someone you don't actually agree with completely.

11/12/2016
Henrico, VA
Barbara
Middle Tennessee University
The people should have the candidate that wins with the number of votes, not the electoral college. The electoral college is not good for the country at this time in history. The states should not decide the election, the people should.

11/11/2016
Sidney, MT
Dawson
Mr. Faulhaber, Sidney High School
As of right now, I think the Electoral College is the best way to elect a president. The Electoral College represents the rural states as well as the urban ones. It allows the process to be as legitimate as it can be as of right now. Some would argue that the Electoral College does not represent the people well. Some say why vote if the Electors are just going to vote how they want to. The problem with eliminating the Electoral College, is that there would be no interest in the rural states. States like Montana, North and South Dakota, and Wyoming would not be campaigned in. Candidates would just focus on big states and urban cities to get a popular vote. The system is a balanced conciliation. It may have some defects, but overall the system was designed to give all states representation and a say on issues.

11/11/2016
Sidney MT
Michael
Mr. Faulhaber
The Electoral College has flaws but I believe it does the job as well as any other system could and should remain the system in which we elect the President of the United States. The Electoral College is good for three core reasons: it gives us certainty of outcome, it forces the candidates to appeal to voters in all regions, not just large cities, and keeps costs of elections down. The Electoral College gives us certainty of outcome because it has exactly 538 votes that can be cast. If the election was decided by popular vote, discrepancies among voter intent could become extremely common even more so than the 2000 election. If the president was chosen through popular vote, politicians would only campaign in large cities. This would hinder the needs of rural Americans due to policies only created for urban areas to get urban votes. Finally, elections already cost ridiculous amounts of money. If a candidate had to campaign in all areas in order to gain more votes, that would mean running ads across the country far more frequently in order to reach all voters. The Electoral College is not a perfect system but it is far greater than electing the president using popular vote.

11/11/2016
Sidney High School Mr.Faulhaber
Quinlyn
Tuttle
Overall getting rid of the Electoral College would be a mistake. Those electors choose who they think would be right for president, unless you have a faithless elector. Also I find that it is important that we do not choose the president by the popular vote. People who actually don't care about the election or don't even understand the issues vote in the election based off of things they hear in the media. Although some people think the electoral college is unfair because some states get more votes. Those states only get more votes based on their population, which is fair. With that this is why we should continue to have the electoral college.

11/10/2016
Woodbury, Mn.
John
Bailey Elementary
Electoral college is not the will of the majority.

11/10/2016
Sidney/Mt
Christine
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I’m in favor of the Electoral College because it promotes unity in the nation and a candidate must have support from various regions in order to be elected. It maintains a separation of state and federal powers, the state’s choose who they want for president and allows the states to have power in decision making. The Electoral College is a key part of the compromise between large and small states, if we were to vote by popular vote it would disenfranchise small states and rural areas because of the population size.

11/10/2016
Chicago, IL
Luela Mae McDowell
Richards Career Academy
The Electoral College keeps large cities (like L.A., New York, Chicago) from taking over the entire country. The way we have it now, allows everyone to be heard.

11/10/2016
showlow Az.
mandy
Mr. Smith
why bother to vote if the majority popular vote gets over ruled

11/10/2016
Santa Ana, California
Richard
Santa Ana College
I think the electoral college is outdated and should be abolished. If a candidate receives the most votes they are the winner.

11/9/2016
Sidney/ Montana
Justin
Faulhaber/Sidney High School
The Electoral College has been a part of the election process for years, and for good reason. The system ensures that a president’s support is broad a well as deep, while protecting the smaller, more rural states say. Some say the electoral college disenfranchises two thirds of this country and would rather have a popular vote because of the amount of time candidates spend in swing states. People that blast candidates for spending ninety-eight percent of their time and money in swing states want to make the system a popular vote system. Now, the candidates will spend all their time and in the big cities and rural interests would not be heeded. Overall, the system was designed as a compromise, and while it does have its flaws it does the best to give all states, no matter the size and population, a voice.

11/9/2016
Sidney, MT
Tessa
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that the electoral college is not the best way to elect the President of the United States of America. The fairness of the Electoral College is indefensible. Simply put, it is not a fair system. It poses numerous problems, such as creating the possibility for the loser of the popular vote to win the electoral vote (and vice versa), distorts the one-person, one-vote principle of democracy because electoral votes are not distributed according to population, which causes significant overrepresentation of small states, makes it very possible for a small third-party showing in a few states to change the outcome of the whole national election, distorts the presidential campaign, etc. Your safe state vote might be wasted, or it might even be subverted by rogue electors. This is wrong. Every vote should count! Democracy must be stable and, if otherwise, the public will lose faith in it (which is already happening). As messed up as the Electoral College is, we’re likely stuck with it for some time. By not abolishing it, we are not truly letting the people vote.

11/3/2016
Merrick, New York
Marshall
Mister Lipinsky/ Hickesille High
Electoral must be forced to vote with the majority of the people in their district or state

10/11/2016
Argos,IN
Hailey
Fishburn
I think they should keep the electoral college because it helps with tie breakers and makes things seem more fair.

10/10/2016
Argos
Dylan
Argos
Electoral college is unfair and should not be a loud. It doesn't show the peoples choice.

10/10/2016
Argos/IN
Tyler
Mr.Fishburn/ Argos Jr/Sr Highschool
I do not think that the electoral college is fair because bigger states have a bigger say in things than smaller states but its not there fault how the states are so big. I think it is unfair because then some of the people might not get a say

10/10/2016
Argos/IN
Tyler
Mr.Fishburn/ Argos Jr/Sr Highschool
I do not think that the electoral college is fair because bigger states have a bigger say in things than smaller states but its not there fault how the states are so big. I think it is unfair because then some of the people might not get a say

10/10/2016
argos/IN
Gunnar
argos
I think we should get rid of the electoral college and doesnt really count the peoples choices.

10/10/2016
Tippecanoe IN
levi
Mr. Fishburn
I think everything is going good we don't have a problem with the electoral college. The problem is the people that try to run for president

10/10/2016
Argos, IN
Argos Jr-Sr High
John Fishburn
I think each vote should go directly to the presidency. I think the Electoral College in unfair to the people

10/10/2016
Argos IN
Evan
Fish
I think that the Electoral College should be left as it is. The founding fathers made it the way they did for a reason, and I believe that it does what it is supposed to do. Electing a president based purely on popular vote would be a terrible idea. There are far too many uninformed and uneducated voters to give them such power. No matter what the method for electing a president there will always be some flaws, but you must compare the flaws of each. Hence why I believe the electoral college is the best method.

10/10/2016
Argos, Indiana
Kennedy
Argos
I think that the Electoral College is the best method and we should continue to use it. I think that electing a president based directly on popular vote would have too many flaws in the system. Electoral College voting method does have its own flaws, but I think in comparing popular vote and electoral college; I believe the Electoral College is the best method.

10/10/2016
Argos
Emily
Mr. Fishburn/Argos High School
I think the electoral college is a good way to elect the president, but it would be best if they would spread the votes out based on the votes of people. If they don't do that then they should use direct votes because right now, the unpopular votes don't matter at all.

10/10/2016
Argos, IN
Kat
Mr. Fishburn
I think the electoral college is a good way to elect the president, but it would be best if they would spread the votes out based on the votes of people. If they don't do that then they should use direct votes because right now, the unpopular votes don't matter at all.

10/10/2016
Argos/IN
Bailey
Fishburn/Argos
I think that it is the best way to elect a president because most of the people in the US are not very educated and believe everything they read online.

10/10/2016
Argos,Indiana
Joey
Mr.Fishburn
I think that it is a good way to elect the president. it should not be on popular vote because then it would be unfair.

10/10/2016
Argos, Indiana
Natalie
Argos
The election of the president should not be based as much on the electoral college, I agree that they should have something to do with the election because they are very educated in politics and they have a better understanding of what the county needs, but also then again I see that the american people should also have a fair vote on who to elect as their president because we are the people that have to live with all of the changes and all of the decisions that they make for our country. Basically I believe that it shouldn't be based as much as it is now on the electoral college, but they should also have their fair vote.

10/10/2016
Argos
Madison
Mr. Fishburn
At this point I think the Electoral College is a good way to elect the president. Despite its flaws it does work, even though it may be unfair. It's the best way to make sure there is an educated decision when electing because there isn't enough people who have knowledge of who to vote for and what certain candidates believe in to have a direct popular vote.

10/10/2016
Indiana
Micah
Fishburn
I believe that the electoral college should be abolished or should be put in check because its a great idea on paper, but there is always human error and the error in this case is people being greedy and not doing what they say they're going to do.

10/10/2016
Argos, IN
Matthew Golden
Argos High School
I think that the electoral college is the best way to elect the president, because candidates could lie about their policies and their views in order to gain a popular vote. The members of the electoral college are most likely smarter than the general public when it comes to this kind of stuff, so we should trust them to choose the right candidate on our behalf.

10/10/2016
argos
Lexie
Mr. Fishburn
Electoral College is the best because most U.S. citizens don't really pay attention to politics. With electoral voting it gives people a better chance to see how the election is going.

10/10/2016
Argos/ IN
Tanner
Argos Jr-Sr High School/ Mr. Fishburn
Although the electoral college is not perfect, I think it is still the best way to elect the presidents. This method has worked ever since it was created and nobody has been able to come up with a better solution. So until a better way to elect our president s arise, I think the electoral college is fair enough and does a good enough job.

10/10/2016
Argos/ IN
Vstone
Mr. F/ Argos High School
I do not think that the Electoral College is the best way because it is unfair and it would be easier to determine who is elected president by popular vote.

10/9/2016
Argos, Indiana
Zachery
Argos High School
I believe that the Electoral College is the only reasonable method at this point because of states with large populations and limits to campaigns, but I think a better solution is definitely possible.

10/9/2016
Argos, IN
Ondraya
Mr. Fishburn/Argos
I think we should change this system to popular vote. When people go to vote, they have an idea of who they want for president. With the electoral vote, a representative votes for you. If they vote differently than your vote, then whats the point of voting if it won't count for anything in actual elections. With the electoral college it doesn't really represent our views of the candidates. I think we need to find a different way of voting.

10/9/2016
argos
Chase
Mr. Fishburn
I feel that the electoral college should stay because it wont change much id you go to the polls and it help the onces that can go vote for a predient

10/9/2016
Argos/Indiana
Alex Stearns
Mr. Fishburn/Argos Community Schools
I don't think that the Electoral College is the best option for voting because the larger states will have more of a voice than smaller states. California would overrule Rhode Island. Plus, each individual U.S. citizen has their opinion and it is their right to express it. Having a representative to vote for us would throw away that idea.

10/8/2016
Indiana
Courtney
Mr. Fishburn
I think the Electoral College is unfair because our Electoral College representatives could always vote in a way that contradicts the popular vote of their constituents. There is also an argument that the Electoral College keeps the two party system alive, but I side with George Washington in believing that politics should not be based on the two parties but rather by what each person believes in on each separate issue. As for the uninformed aspect of voters, many people know that their vote, at the end of the day, only matters if their representative takes the popularity of his state into consideration. Many people are uninformed because they don't feel their vote matters enough to take the time to get informed.

10/8/2016
Argos, Indiana
Aaron
Mr. Fishburn/ Argos Jr. Sr. High
I think that, even with its flaws, the electoral college is the best way to elect the President because it's the most unbiased way that we can think of and a lot more stable then any other way.

10/7/2016
Indiana
Cornellius
Argos
I feel that the electoral college is unfair to the people because it does not represent the popular vote. I believe that everyone's votes should have equal power.

10/6/2016
Argos/IN
Scobes
Fishburn/Argos
We should try and fix the Electoral voting system as much as possible to make it to where peoples votes will count, but if it doesn't get fixed soon than get rid off it.

9/23/2016
Anchorage, Alaska
Cassandra
Hanshew middle school, Mrs.Weidemaier
I think we should abolish the electoral college because it is unfair and does not reflect the peoples choice

3/3/2016
Sidney/Montana
Ryan
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that the Electoral College is the best way to elect presidents. I don't think that the voters are educated well enough on the candidates to make a rational decision on who should be president. I also like that it gives more power to the smaller states so they aren't totally irrelevant in the election as I think they would be with a popular vote.

3/2/2016
Sidney/Montana
Cyrus
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I dont think that the Electoral College is the best way to elect a president.I dont think this is the best way to represent the people. I think that every single persons vote should count equally the same, and I dont think it should make a difference of what state you are from.

3/2/2016
Sidney High School
Cayla Norby
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe we should keep the Electoral College. It may not be perfect, but it works. People think Electoral College is unfair becasue they're not directly voting for the candidate they choose. Most electors do vote for the candidate they are under that follows their party. For example, if you voted for Trump, you would actually be voting for say Bob the elector. So, actually in around about way people are actually voting for their candidate. It wouldn't be the best to switch from the Electoral College because most likely the larger states would have more of a voice in the election then the smaller states would.

3/2/2016
Sidney High School
Cayla Norby
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe we should keep the Electoral College. It may not be perfect, but it works. People think Electoral College is unfair becasue they're not directly voting for the candidate they choose. Most electors do vote for the candidate they are under that follows their party. For example, if you voted for Trump, you would actually be voting for say Bob the elector. So, actually in around about way people are actually voting for their candidate. It wouldn't be the best to switch from the Electoral College because most likely the larger states would have more of a voice in the election then the smaller states would.

3/2/2016
Sidney MT
Braxten
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
I believe we should keep the Electoral College system. The states with the largest populations would dominate the elections and the cost of running campaigns in all states would be too expensive. The Electoral College is the best way to ensure and educated election of a president is made. A filter is necessary for what the people want and what is best for the country.

3/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Marlee
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
Although it is obvious that the Electoral College has many issues and flaws, I think it is the better way of electing a president. I wish people had more of a say and got to vote directly but I do not think that would be smart. The everyday person does not have the knowledge to wisely cast a vote. That is why there are electors to make the vote for us. As long as the electors are not faithless and stay with who they are going to vote for, people should feel confident with who they are voting for to do the actual voting for them. These electors will be able to make the wiser decision on who should be president. We may not feel like our voting matters on a federal level but it does matter a lot on local level. I do believe that there should not be super delegates. I think they are unfair to the system.

3/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Coleton
Mr. Faulhaber / Sidney High School
I believe that there should be a majority vote to send one elector instead of the population based electors of the past. Everyone gets a single vote. While that seems very pro-small state, its actually far less confusing and quicker. The 50 representatives (and one for D.C.)of the states would appear at a convention of sorts to finalize the vote of the states. Swing states are easily recognized as one party or the other and the vote can be simply tallied. If a tie is to arise, a convention of additional voters from each state comes together and have discussion until one state is swayed. While this seems faithless, all the electors know the ideals of the state they represent. A conclusion is settled and they elect a president.

3/2/2016
Sidney/MT
Austin
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I believe that the United States should keep the Electoral College. I understand the reasoning that people want a direct popular vote but I also believe people in general don't have the real idea of what a candidate will truly do. These people are also just not as informed as the electors are. The Electoral College can understand the candidates more and not fall to some of their false advertisements. The popular vote could also get the wrong type of candidate in office. This candidate may tell people what they like to hear but would contradict their self and go against their own word while in office. I just feel like the Electoral College could see through that and would not let it happen. For example, Donald Trump is a very big demagogue. All of the people feel like what he is saying about Muslims being the only terrorists is all true. He plays with people's emotions and I would hope that the Electoral College could see that. The Electoral College truly know what is right for the people and what could keep the people safe in the United States.

3/2/2016
Siddney, MT
Brianna
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that we should keep the electoral college. If we had a direct popular vote, the large states would control the election and the small states wouldn't get a say in the election. Not only that, but for the most part the electoral college votes the same way as the popular vote, but still allowing smaller states to get a say. There has only been four times in all of America's history where the popular vote differed from the elector's vote. Besides, it has worked for 200+ years, why change it now?

3/2/2016
Sidney/Montana
Blaine
Mr Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I don’t think the general population of the United States is capable of choosing a proper candidate to represent them. The race for the presidential election is more of a popularity contest than an actual debate of issues. The Electoral College is an institution that greatly helps the populous choose who is the best candidate. It would be more democratic if it wasn’t a winner take all situation, but then it would still ultimately be a popular vote that picks the candidate for office. People are naturally flawed, and we will never, as a whole, be perfect.

3/2/2016
Sidney/Montana
Desirae
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that the Electoral College is working just fine. I don’t think that the people would vote appropriately because they do not fully understand how the system works or see the “truth” behind the candidates. The voters are not getting the whole picture, just what is shown on television like the candidate debates. People may think their vote doesn’t count, but if you don’t at least go in and vote, it doesn’t count at all. We are relying on the electors to choose the candidate we believe is the best fitted and we should stick with this system. I agree with Charles Lane “For all its flaws, the electoral college helps stabilize U.S. politics by encouraging the development of a two-party system. Choosing the president by direct popular vote would encourage third- or fourth-party candidacies whose appeal might not extend beyond a few large states or a single region.”

3/2/2016
Sidney/MT
Mattie
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think that we should keep the Electoral College for the electing the presidents, but there should be some changes. Having a direct popular vote would allow larger states have more say in the poles than smaller states. I think that if we incorporated a National Popular Vote that people who have been misinformed or had a lack of information, would vote poorly. Although I believe we should keep the Electoral College, I think it is unfair that a candidate can with the popular vote, but loses the presidential election. I think every state should have a district method and distribute the votes like how Maine and Nebraska are. I think this will in exchange give people more say in the election.

3/2/2016
Sidney/MT
Harmonie Hampton
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I believe that we need to get rid of the Electoral College, because it doesn’t allow for the people to speak out. The electors we vote for have the option to vote for a different candidate if they so choose. This makes me wonder whether or not some of the states have an actual voice, and the answer is they don’t some of their votes are irrelevant due to the Electoral College. Another concern I have with the Electoral College is the weight on the electors’ votes. We are putting a lot of trust into people who we hope pick who we intend to have as president. I do see a need where we could have issues without the Electoral College though, for example, how third and fourth parties would have a chance in an actual election. I don’t think that would be all bad, this would allow for some great leaders to emerge, just with more of a specific issue at hand. I believe that a president needs to represent and perform the needs of the people, but I don’t think that we should stop great leaders from having a chance at the presidential office. With the Electoral College we may never see a variety of parties, which is what the founding fathers originally wanted. I don’t think the Electoral College is a necessity, there are more negatives to it than positives.

3/2/2016
Sidney/MT
Nang
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that the voting system should be updated. In today's world, we should not shy away from a popular vote due to the fear that the public does not know enough about the candidates. With the technology we have today we can stay updated on the candidates views and plans for our country through our media. In saying that, we should try to change the electoral vote from the "winner-take-all" to having something like having each candidate earn the exact amount of votes that they got. This system would be very similar to a popular vote and help us take a step to that concept of "one person, one vote".

3/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Gunnar
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
In my opinion I think we should keep the Electoral College system. When I first found out about how the Electoral College system worked I was a little irritated and felt that my vote didn’t mean anything. As I kept learning more and more about the system the more I became very fond of it. I like it because like the article said, the general public is not informed enough to elect the leader of the country especially by popular vote.

3/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Gunnar
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
In my opinion I think we should keep the Electoral College system. When I first found out about how the Electoral College system worked I was a little irritated and felt that my vote didn’t mean anything. As I kept learning more and more about the system the more I became very fond of it. I like it because like the article said, the general public is not informed enough to elect the leader of the country especially by popular vote.

3/2/2016
Sidney/ MT
Skyler
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I don't necessarily think we should switch to using the popular vote for the election, but I think we should change the winner takes all system out. If the electors were to cast their votes proportionally to the popular votes in their area of operation, it would use the vote of the population still having the ease of the Electoral College. Essentially, there wouldn't be a need for the electors. The states would have votes to use that would be swayed either way with the votes of the people.

3/2/2016
Sidney Mt
Peyton
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that the Electoral College is the best system for electing the president. The citizens do not have enough knowledge to be able to directly elect the president. Keeping the Electoral College would favor the bigger states who have a greater population which would put the election in the hands of the states. I think that there should be changed to a more proportional voting like in Nebraska and Maine.

3/2/2016
Sidney/MT
Bryana Christensen
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that we should stick with the Electoral College to elect the president. I think that this is a better way to make certain that we make the right decision on who should be the national leaders. I do believe that the people in general should have a voice, however, in the end I think it should still come down to having the electors make the final decision. The public in general is not informed enough about the presidential candidates to make the final decision like the electors. Overall, the local officials know more about the candidates and it is their job to make those decisions for the people.

3/2/2016
Sidney, Montana
Hunter
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I believe we should keep the Electoral College, but change some of the ways it is used today. I think it is unfair for smaller states if there was a popular vote because larger states would have an advantage with more population. You still get a say in the government because your votes do matter to the Electoral College and there is a very rare chance that the electors for your state there would be "faithless Electors". Taking the Electoral College also gives the chance for uneducated people to vote on some matters they don't even fully understand. With the Electoral College they understand what they're there for and what will be the best for our country.

3/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Maika
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
The electoral college is unfair because it takes away the peoples choice on who they want to be elected and just does not truly represent the people. The candidate can win the popular vote but loose the electoral vote so then they loose the election. The winner takes all basis is also something I don't agree because then it isn't accurate. I think it would keep electing a president more fair if we just did it by popular vote.

3/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Tayler F
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that the Electoral College needs some changing, but is the best way to elect the president. The way the Electoral College works takes away the people's voice, but not everyone is educated enough about the candidates for a direct, popular vote to be a good thing. Having a direct, popular vote would also give larger states a bigger advantage over the smaller ones which isn't fair either. I think that having a system like Nebraska and Maine do would be a better decision.

3/2/2016
Sidney / MT
Casey
Mr. Faulhaber / Sidney High School
I think that the Electoral College is the best way to vote for the president. I think the U.S should vote for the president by popular vote. I think this way because even the smaller states get a little say in electing the next president of the United States of America.

3/2/2016
Sidney/ MT
kyle
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I believe that the Electoral College is the best way to elect a president because they are not enouph people who have a knowledge of who to vote for and what certain canidates believe in to have a direct popular vote. The Electoral College is the best way to make sure there is an educated decision when electing our next president. It gives the less populated states some what of a say in the general election and also provides a platform for small states to maintain a voice during elections.

3/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Amanda
Mr. Fualhaber Sidney High School
I personally believe the Electoral College should stay the way it is and the way it has been for years. Though citizens do not have a direct vote, they do have an indirect vote and that vote counts. The framers did not trust the average citizen because most are uneducated and cannot be trusted to make such an important decision with a direct vote. When you vote for the candidate on the ballot, you are really voting for your states electors who have pledged to vote based on how the people of their state vote. If citizens did have a direct vote the more populous states would be in the most control over who wins the election. There are a few flaws with the Electoral College, however, it works a lot better than allowing citizens to have a direct vote.

3/2/2016
Sidney/Montana
Reiley
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I feel like the Electoral College is a great way to elect a president. I feel this way because it helps protect our people by preventing us to elect a bad canidate as president. I also believe it would help our canidates by spending less money on campaigning because without it the canidates would have to go to every state and fight for each state and every vote.

3/2/2016
Sidney/MT
Sierra
Mr. Faulhaver/ Sidney High School
I believe that the Electoral College is the best way to elect the president at this time. Too many citizens don't know what is happening in the elections or what the candidates actually believe in, but instead just vote for a political party. This means moving to a system of direct popular vote may not be the best idea of electing a president for our country.The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact seems as if it would be an excellent solution to the problems many citizens deem unfair (such as issues with the popular vote). The Electoral College has worked so far and I believe we should keep the Electoral College into effect.

3/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Luke
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I believe that the Electoral College is the best way for us to elect a president. I believe that moving to a purely popular vote would give even more power to the big states. Many people argue that the Electoral College does not fully represent the citizens. Those people do have a point, because the people do not popularly elect. I believe that the small states would be practically forgotten if we moved to a popular vote. The Electoral College keeps some power in the small states.

3/2/2016
Sidney/MT
Clay
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
The problem with the Electoral College is that a candidate can win the popular vote, and still end up losing the electoral vote. This is due to the winner-takes-all policy that all states (except for Maine and Nebraska) use in distributing electoral votes. Considering this, I believe that the Electoral College should remain in place, but the states should go to the proportional system that Maine and Nebraska use to distribute electoral votes. This would help eliminate the problem of having a candidate win the popular vote, yet lose the electoral vote.

3/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Katlyn
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think we should keep our current system. The electoral college helps to make sure that the right person is being elected. If we moved to a direct, popular vote there would be people who would vote for the wrong reason. The people who are voting might not take the responsiblilty to do their research then be unable to make an educated choice. Some canidates scare and skew their uneducated voters. The electoral college will ensure this doesnt happen.

3/2/2016
Sidney/MT
Cade
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that we should keep the Electoral College. I believe this because if we switched to a popular vote, the cities through out the country would be favored over every other place. All the policies that the president presents would be tailored for big cities because those are the people that would elect the president. By keeping the electoral college it balances out the votes better than a popular vote would.

3/2/2016
Sidney/ MT
Dylan
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I believe that there are flaws in the Electoral College and hence needs to be thrown out. I find it extremely unfair that a presidential candidate can win the popular vote and lose the electoral vote. Therefore, I think that a direct popular vote to decide presidency is the best option. The government should be elected directly from the governed to strengthen our democracy.

3/2/2016
Sidney/MT
Michael
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I don’t really know what the best decision is about what should happen with the Electoral College. There are good reasons presented in the “Speak Out” for both sides of this argument. I would like to make every vote matter, but then there are additional factors that could play roles in this process. Right now I can’t say anything concrete for my own opinion.

3/2/2016
Sidney/ MT
Marcus
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think that the Electoral College is a good way to even out the voice of the people throughout the states. If were it a direct vote, the states with the highest populations would hold all of the power and the states with smaller populations would not have a say. Even though it might feel like the voice of the people gets squandered, voting through the Electoral College, given your electors vote true, is the best way to get the candidate you want elected.

3/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Hunter Nice
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
i think that the electoral college should be kept. I feel like this helps out with the elections. I also feel like it helps out all around with the elections.

3/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Kaitlyn T.
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think the Electoral College should stay. The framers, when they were writing the Constitution, did not believe that the general public were educated enough to elect the leader of the United States. Honestly? I believe them. We are allowed to vote by the age of 18, however, the brain is not fully developed until the middle twenties. The general public is not mature enough nor do they pay enough attention to politics to make a proportionate vote for president. The Electoral College, on the other hand, is made up of people who pay enough attention to politics, political parties, and party platforms to make a legitimate vote for president. In conclusion, I think the Electoral College should stay.

3/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Tyrell
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think we should stay with the electoral college because if we were to go to popular vote our nation could be run off of a whim or emotion of that moment. people could make the wrong choice because that one canidate apealed to their emotional, mental state and at the moment it could be the wrong choice.

3/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Heather
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
I think Electoral College is the best way to elect presidents becasue I don't think people are educated enough on the candidates to make the decision themselves.

3/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Trista
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that we should still use the electoral college, but should change the way it is used. I think we should keep the electoral college to keep the voting fair. But it should be more of the what the people choose, and the elector should not be able to change the vote if they want to. So I think we should keep the electoral college, just make it more of what the people think!

3/2/2016
Sidney/ MT
Micala Morehouse
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I believe that the Electoral College is the best way to elect the president because I agree that most people aren't well enough informed about politics to vote directly for the president. I also believe that a large number of people do not care enough to actually make a understandable vote. I believe that a popular vote is better than a direct vote because a direct vote would allot larger states to have more control than smaller states in the say of who becomes the president.

3/2/2016
Sidney/MT
Kelsie
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I believe that the Electoral College is a good thing in our government. People aren't educated enough about the candidates or the issues that they believe in. If we let the people directly elect the president, there would be a higher chance that people would vote on name recognition rather than their beliefs. States with larger populations have fewer electors proportionally and I think that makes it more equal for the smaller states and gives them more say in who is the president. However, I don't like the faithless voter idea. I think that when electors are sent to vote, they should have to vote for the person that they are supposed to and not switch their vote.

3/2/2016
Sidney/MT
Taryn
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
In my opinion I think that we should keep the Electoral College. I think that because it is an organized and we seem like we haven't had a problem with it so I don't think we should change it. Also I think it's a good way to have an educated decision for someone to become the president.

3/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Mikayla
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sindey High School
One mind cannot represent thousands of minds. I believe the Electoral College should be removed. Sure this would be a difficult change but having only a handful of people try to vote for an entire state seems a bit unfair. Even today, less and less people are voting, mainly because they feel as if they won't have a say in the election. Many people have developed their own views by the time they're old enough to vote. With less people voting, the more populated states would be technically downsized, so voting with less or more populated states would be equal.

3/2/2016
Sidney/MT
Dakota
Mr. Faulhaber/SHS
I believe that the Electoral College is a good thing because many voters are not educated enough and tend to vote based on name recognition or party affiliation instead of what policies and views that candidates have.

3/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Clay Fox
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
Personally I find that the Electoral College is mostly unnecessary, and is making the election tougher than it needs to be. To me, all the candidates and representatives traveling to big cities and states is not a problem. I actually support this part. I think that it is important to advertise the different candidates so that everyone is at least partially aware of what the candidates are supporting, and what they are against. Knowing this will help the people make an educated vote for our next President. I don't support all the primaries, and caucuses though. I think that candidates can make an ad campaign and can travel and speak about their plans, morals, beliefs, etc., but all of these debates and extras are not necessary. Also, using senators, and representatives for our electoral votes is pointless, to me. I guess what i'm getting at is that candidates need to just advertise their campaign, plain and simple. Afterwards, people need to cast their votes, creating a popular vote which cuts out a lot of extra time and effort.

3/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Christian Eggar
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
In my opinion i find that the Electoral College is for the most part unnecessary. I feel that the system is broken and it doesn't really work. I feel that some of the delegates we elect to vote on the peoples behalf, vote unfairly or faithless. I feel that we as people should be able to elect our president out right. It should be the people deciding on who they think is most qualified to run our United States. But us electing delegates is a little tired and it does not work. WE THE PEOPLE should elect the president, not the delegates we elect. So in my opinion i feel that we need to get rid of the electoral college to a point. Get rid of the delegate process.

3/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Matt Folstad
Mr. Faulhaber/SHS
I think It should be a direct popular vote. If the candidtate that wins the popular vote and not the electoral college, then we are only serving the needs of the separate states rather than the whole American people.

3/2/2016
Sidney/ MT
Brady
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I believe that we should keep the electoral college. It seems to be the best way we have right now and if we used the direct popular vote it would allow only more larger states to control the elections which wouldnt be very fair for the smaller states.

3/2/2016
Sidney, Montana
Danielle
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I personally think that we should keep the Electoral College as our system to elect presidents, but modify the way we use it. With a direct popular vote, larger states get to control the elections which overall isn't fair to the smaller states. Some advocates argue that while the system isn't perfect, it still works. Just as columnist Charles Lane wrote: "For all its flaws, the Electoral College helps stabilize U.S. politics by encouraging the development of a two-party system. Choosing the president by direct popular vote would encourage third- or fourth-party candidacies whose appeal might not extend beyond a few large states or a single region." A proposal that I personally agree that should be taken into further considersation is the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. In this proposal, states would agree to distribute their electoral votes to match the popular vote once state representing a majority of electoral votes has agreed to do so. The use of the Electoral College has worked for many years but I think that with the ever changing country, we need to modify our ways of electing presidents.

3/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Lane
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I dont mind the idea of the electoral college, but i do not agree with the winner takes all system. I think that they should split the votes in each state.

3/2/2016
Sidney / MT
Kade J
Mr. Faulhaber / Sidney High School
The Electoral College is highly flawed and truly impossible to know if winning a popular vote to elect a president will work, yet it works and should stay. Keeping the Electoral College helps allow states that have a small population such as Montana, North Dakota, and Hawaii have a chance to have a proportional amount of say in presidential elections as the states with larger populations such as Texas, California, and Florida. Getting rid of the Electoral college will mean that presidential candidates will have no reason to travel to each state to get people to rally to them, but instead all they would have to do is go to densely populated areas and swing people to vote for them. On top of that, the price to attempt to run for presidency would increase as the article says and no doubt will take more time to elect a president. Until a better, or improved system can be implemented in a way that all states have equal say, the Electoral College should stay as it is.

3/2/2016
Sidbey/MT
Quinn
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think that the Electoral College is the best way to vote for the president. The Electoral College is the best way to vote because some people who vote don't even know what is going on in the government, they just vote for the name that they recognize the most. This is why the Electoral College is good, it is good because people know who the best candidate for president is. The people of the Electoral College know what is going on in the government and they know each of the candidates, not just the candidates name. The Electoral College is a good thing for the Presidency and it needs to stick around.

3/2/2016
Sidney,MT
Preston
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I believe that the Electoral College is still the best way to vote for the future president. The Electoral College is what keeps the election fair and balanced. Without the college the states with the bigger populations would control every election there ever was. States with less of a population would get little to no say in the votes for president. A state like North Dakota would never compare to a place like New York or California.

3/2/2016
Sidney/MT
Lexi
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that we should keep the Electoral College. If we were to have a direct popular vote many of the smaller states would not get many as many votes for president as would the larger states. The larger states would have control of who becomes president and who doesn't. There are many people in the United States that are not informed about the potential future presidents. There are also people who just don't care and would rather be doing something else.

3/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Chelsey
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
Having the Electoral College would be the best way to elect the president. I do think the system should be reformed in ways to involve more than a few states in the election. The entire country should be informed, and not just those considered to be "swing-states." The winner-takes-all system forces those running for president to say what the state may want to hear only to gain the majority vote.

3/2/2016
Sidney/Montana
Dominic
Mr.Faulhaber/Sidney High School
The electoral college does the job it was designed for. It gives people a say in the goverment without over complicating the manner in which we elect a president. If we did change and make it represent more of the minority it would drag the election out longer and take alot more time and money than it already does.

3/2/2016
Sidney/Mt
Dillon
Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think they should "rewire" the Electoral College. Yes, keep all the things they are doing now, like voting for the President only. But also, they should listen to their populations as well. If the majority vote one way, and the College votes another, the college will have new members when it comes to next election time. Yes, it is the best way to vote for the President, but when it comes to them, the Electoral College members, being able to just ignore their populations and their votes, that's where it's messed up. and the "Winner takes all" system needs to be abolished. No state should have to be forced to vote one way because the majority of their populations want it that way. Each President should be able to get more votes out of each state then just that state going Democrat or Republican.

3/2/2016
Sidney/MT
Trent
Mr. Faulhaber
I think that the we should still use the Electoral College to choose a president. If we choose the president through popular vote large states would control elections and small states would not be very important. I think that it is a good thing that we have educated people that vote for our president in the Electoral College. In a popular vote the average citizen does not know enough about the canadiates they are voting for.

3/2/2016
Sidney/MT
Tel
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that the electoral college should be kept. It may have some flaws but overall it helps to represent everyone equally. Without the electoral college larger states would have way more power than the smaller states. The electoral college allows for these smaller states to have a say in the electing of a president. If we did not have the electoral college candidates would have to try and appeal to every geographic region in the United States, making for really expensive campaigns. Also without the electoral college the candidates would skip over the states that have a small population for states that have large amounts of people in order to win the popular vote. I believe that the electoral college should be kept.

3/2/2016
Sidney/MT
Chris
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think the electoral college is a good thing and something that needs to stick around. People think it should be by popular vote. If one was to do it that way, states like California and Florida would beat out the smaller states like us. It would as you could say, take away our voice. I mean we only have 3 electoral votes so its not much but it helps us out more then if we were to vote by popularity. People also talk about false voting from the electors and not selecting what the people wanted but if you look back you can kinda see it rarely ever happening. This is why I think the electoral college should stick around.

3/2/2016
MT
Nick
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney
The U.S. should keep the Electoral College and this is why it has worked for a long time to help elect presidents for out country. Yes, there are pros and cons about the electoral college but for the most part is has done a god job. The electoral college is a winner takes all system which i think is an accurate depiction of what the people want. The electoral college was created to stop the Congress from having all the power over the people and the peoples leaders. To sum it all up I believe that we should keep and mantain the Electoral College, why change something thats working.

3/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Cayden Hecker
Mr.Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that we should keep the electoral college. The electoral college i set up so that it is possible to win the popular vote but still lose the election. This is a good thing. The people select an elector to vote for them because they believe the elector will vote the way they say. In some cases that is not true the elector may go the other way. Some people would say that this is a bad thing because the elector didn't do what the people wanted. Others would say that this is a good thing because the elector is more educated than the people and mad the smart choice. This is why I believe that the electoral college is a good thing, it keeps uneducated citizens from voting a terrible leader into office.

3/2/2016
Sidney/ MT
Lucas
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I personally think that the electoral college is something that we should keep around. Having the electoral college is an assuring way to know that an educated decision will be made to vote for the next president.

12/13/2015
Sidney/MT
Tenna
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
Personally, I believe that we should keep the Electoral College as the system for electing presidents, but change the way we use it. Having a direct popular vote instead of the Electoral College would allow for larger states to control the elections which would not be a good thing for smaller states. Some would argue that using the Electoral College system in presidential elections takes away from the voice of the people because it isn't a direct popular vote. And although I’m a fan of people having a say in their government, I think that not having a direct popular vote is ultimately a good thing only because, like the article says, the public is probably just not informed enough to elect our national leaders. But because I think it is unfair for candidates to be able to win the popular vote and still lose the presidential elections, I believe every state should follow in Maine and Nebraska footsteps. The winner-takes-all system that forty-eight of our fifty states has when it come to distributing electoral votes is not fair to presidential candidates. I think using the Congressional District Method in all fifty states would be a good way to distribute electoral votes more fairly to the candidates (http://www.fairvote.org).

12/9/2015
Sidney, MT
Megan
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I believe that the United States should not keep the Electoral College. I believe that this system does not truly represent the people of the country. As mentioned in the article, states with larger populations have fewer electors proportionally. It is definitely unfair for these states to have the same say as Montana, for example. It is ridiculous that candidates can win the popular vote but still lose the electoral vote. This contradicts the “one person, one vote” concept. The majority of the people of the United States could prefer and vote for one candidate but, under this system, that candidate will not be able to become president. I view this as very undemocratic and unreflective of what the people believe. This system makes the citizens feel as though their vote does not actually matter and will therefore result in a lower voter turnout. This system is too undemocratic for me to agree with and I believe that eliminating the Electoral College would lead to better representation of our people.

12/9/2015
Sidney/MT
Chris
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that the Electoral College is the best way to ensure that an educated decision is made in a presidential election. A popular vote for the most important office in the United States can be skewed very easily by demagogues that play to voter’s emotions. Some presidential candidates have used fear tactics and racial profiling to suck in votes from uneducated or uninformed voters. For example, Democratic candidates in this election cycle have continued to push the fear of global warming on voters, and tycoon madman Donald Trump has blamed terrorism solely on Muslims. The liberal strategy manipulates common voters with a fear of an irreversible change in climate that is solely the result of burning of fossil fuels and livestock production. On the other hand, people that are misinformed listen to Trump’s talk of keeping Muslims monitored for fear that any one of them could be a violent terrorist. My point here is that, while our Constitution places power in the hands of the people, the Electoral College is in place to prevent voters from falling prey to demagogues’ manipulation. In the current system, highly populated states have less voting power per capita, but are often more highly regarded as important to candidates. As a result, I believe that the Electoral College is the great equalizer that can keep the voices of less-populated states relevant in the general election. In an article from the Columbus Dispatch, the author points out how 60 percent of surveyors favor getting rid of the Electoral College. However, I think that keeping the current system provides a platform for smaller states to maintain a voice in elections.

10/30/2015
Rossford, OH
Aly
Mr. Cox/Rossford High School
I think that the electoral college should stay. Getting rid of it would lead the country to elect based on passion or flurry of emotion, whereas the electoral college can vote different and based purely on who will help the country. Without it, the country could elect someone who is not really fit for the job or someone who doesn't do what's best for the country.

10/30/2015
Rossford, OH
Erik
Mr. Cox/Rossford HS
In my opinion the Electoral College should be kept in place. It has worked so well for so many years that there doesn't seem to be a reason to change it. A true democratic society would directly elect the president but many of the people who vote don't entirely educated themselves and not every person in the United States votes. It would just be much less complicated to keep the system as it is working today.

10/30/2015
Rossford/Ohio
Allison
Mr. Cox/Rossford High School
I believe that the Electoral College is the most democratic compromise there is between letting people vote directly for president and letting Congress vote for president. Our government was built to be inefficient by design and that means that it is not a true direct democracy. Filters between what the people want and what actually takes place in our country must be in place to keep the country sound. I believe that the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is a good idea because it allows the popular vote to be more direct while also keeping the Electoral College.

10/30/2015
Perrysburg, OH
Sophia
Cox
I think the Electoral College is both good and bad but since the United States has used it for so long, we shouldn't eliminate it now. The National Popular Cote Interstate Compact is not a good idea.

10/30/2015
Rossford/Ohio
Travis
Mr. Cox/Rossford High School
I think that the Electoral College needs to stay in place. It protects the safety of this country by putting a barrier between the mass and power. You can't trust your average citizens to make extremely important decisions because they aren't always rational. If we left things up to popular vote, I'm fairly certain that the UnIted States would have ceased to exist long ago.

10/30/2015
Rossford, OH
Jordan
Mr. Cox/Rossford High School
I think that the Electoral College is currently the best way to do presidential elections. It prevents the majority of citizens who are uniformed from having too much of a say in selecting a president. The Interstate Compact does not seem like a good idea, it reduces the say of little states instead of giving eight votes it splits and gives four to one party three to another and one to a different one, it would be worse than a general election by popular vote.

10/30/2015
Rossford/Ohio
Heather
Mr Cox/Rossford
I think we should keep the electoral college. I think we need it as a country because the average voter, or the mass, are very uninformed. By choosing a president based on popular vote, there is an opportunity that someone who knows nothing about politics or how to run a country could be elected which will only lead to bad things. I think the electoral college creates a good balance between allowing popular vote to choose the president and allowing congress to pick the president.

10/30/2015
Ohio
Justin
Mr Cox/Rossford High School
I think that the Electoral College is the best way to elect the president. It gives both the people and congress a say on who the president should be. Also I believe that people aren't involved in the government enough to be solely choosing the president. People don't have to be involved with the government but most people aren't even informed enough to know what's happening in government. The Electorial College makes sure that the popular vote will not choose someone who is not qualified to be president. It has worked throughout history and I don't see any reason to get rid of it

10/30/2015
Rossford/Ohio
Kyle
Mr. Cox/Rossford High School
I believe that the Electoral College is the best way to elect the President. It provides an extra layer of protection and allows someone to monitor the wants of the people. Without it, there is no way to prevent the people from selecting a bad candidate. it also makes the election process much easier and cheaper. If you got rid of the Electoral College, candidates would have to campaign in every state and fight for every vote. This was cost millions of dollars more than current campaigns already do, and would result in states with larger population becoming more important. It also makes predictions incredibly difficult, causing yet another burden to the whole process. For these reasons, the Electoral College is just the better option.

10/30/2015
Rossford/Ohio
Elizabeth
Mr. Cox /Rossford High School
I agree that the Electoral college isn't as democratic as direct election but it is more stable than direct election. The electoral college protects the people from themselves. Without the electoral college, the election of the president has a greater risk of becoming victim of the whims of the people. The electoral college, in theory, should portray the vote of the majority, while protecting the rights of the minorities.

10/30/2015
Rossford/Ohio
Kyleigh
Mr. Cox / Rossford High School
I think that the Electoral College, as of now, is the best system to elect the president. However, I do believe that it has several faults. For example, the "winner takes all" part of it. I do not think that the "winner takes all" system is fair. If the votes were close between two candidates, e.g. 51-49, I think that the votes should be divided fairly between them, instead of the one candidate getting all of the electoral votes. The only reason that I say the system is the best as of now is because I can not think of a better system at the moment. Prior to reading this article, I believed that choosing the president should be based off of direct voting, but after reading, I realized (and agree) that it would not exactly be a better system because population would make the voting unfairly balanced. Also, like others have stated, many people, such as the mass, do not follow politics, and their votes (if they choose to vote) may not be informed and may have been cast carelessly (e.g. my friend voted for them, so I guess I’ll vote for them too). I do not think that the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is a good solution. I believe this because it would just match the electoral votes to the direct popular vote, and since I do not think a system based primarily off of the direct popular vote is a good idea, I therefore do not believe this new system would better than the current system using the Electoral College.

10/29/2015
Rossford, Ohio
Andrew
Mr Cox/Rossford High School
I think that we should keep the electoral college in place. While it does limit democracy by not allowing us to directly vote, it protects us against ourselves. I think that if we were to do anything, we should get rid of the fact that the winner takes all, and make it proportional to the votes in the state. So that way one state could vote for more than just one candidate, because the entire state's population doesn't think that one person is the best. This way, if a state were to be 51% to 49% split between two candidates, the lesser is given something for getting all most half the state to vote for him.

10/29/2015
Rossford, Ohio
Savannah
Mr. Cox, Rossford High School
The United States should still have an electoral college because a straight popular vote might lead to candidates with less exposure and more single region appeal getting elected, as stated in the reading. I think the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is a valid idea. With that agreement, the electoral college still has a purpose, but it represents the voters more effectively. It might be difficult to convince all states to agree to the compact, but it is certainly a possible fix to the issue of the winner-take-all electoral college.

10/29/2015
Argos In
Jace
Mr Fishburn
I think that the Electoral College should be stopped due to the fact that when we American citizens vote are votes should matter and all be accounted for on who will run our country. As it would be if we moved to use the system of direct popular vote. Both candidates running for President should be able to have each state voting for Democrat or Republican and all count not just the majority takes all. One of the biggest issues I have with us still using the Electoral college is because the Electoral College system was made to give the smaller population states greater influences but it doesn't do that the bigger the states will still have more influence on who is actually elected President.

10/29/2015
Rossford/Ohio
Tayler
Mr. Cox/ Rossford High School
I think that the Electoral College is historically the best way to elect the president. Getting rid of the electoral college would hurt the balance of federalism that the country was built on. I think that in a perfect democratic society the president would be elected directly, but it is not ideal for the U.S. today. Many of Americans today are in the mass and don't follow politics and understand all of the aspects of issues going on. However you still have to keep the power in the people even if the lack political efficacy and aren't informed. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact does sound like a good idea. The vote that the elector gives would be a better representation of what the citizens of their state want. This change would be more democratic without having a large impact on campaigns. State that traditionally favor a certain party will still probably favor that party if the system is changed. I think the change would be a good idea but would require amendments and changes to the running of government and will not come into action anytime soon.

10/29/2015
Rossford, Ohio
Trent
Mr. Cox/Rossford High School
I think that, as of now, the electoral college is the best system with which to elect the president. It has worked throughout US history with only three disputed elections as referenced by the article. The founding fathers were right to put in place a system by which the people are protected from themselves. Had they not, it is plausible that the country may have turned to fascism or communism during national crises like the Great Depression. However, if, due to the developments of the modern era, we modified the system, I think it would be best to change the "winner-take-all" policy. The three electoral votes should be split proportionally according to the voting results in each state, and since the US is largely a two-party nation, two votes could be awarded to the party which draws the majority, while the other party receives one vote. This may not be entirely representative of the parties in certain states, (for example a 51% to 49% split) but it is more democratic than the current system. Overall, the electoral college, though flawed, is the best system for the US, as matching the popular vote would allow for the whims of the people to elect an unqualified person to the presidency; a blunder which may irrevocably change the US as we know it.

10/29/2015
argos indiana
juan
Argos high school
i think that we should not keep the Electoral that each person vote should go to who they want. not to the one who gets the most gets ever electoral vote

10/29/2015
Argos/IN
Daniel
Mr. Fishburn
I think Electoral College is pretty unfair, but it is difficult to say that getting rid of it would do anything better. The United States government leaves a lot of room for corruption, yet so many citizens of the US are so uninformed and vote just to vote that I'm not even sure if the corruption would leave or if it would get worse. However, I do know that I want my vote to matter, and with Electoral College and the "winner takes all" policy my state follows, my vote doesn't matter in the least. And when I'm told that all votes matter, I'd like to be able to believe them, but I can't because they don't.

10/29/2015
argos indiana
sas
Argos high school
i think that we should keep the Electoral College because it work up till this day

10/29/2015
Argos IN
Esthefany
Fishburn Argos Jr. Sr. high school
I think the electoral collage is needed to diminish the uneducated votes in the states. Most people just vote the party and not necessarily the candidate. Popular votes give the Americans to much power. If the average voter was informed about all the candidates and properly understood politics then I would think that it would be beneficial.

10/29/2015
Argos/Indina
Alex
Mr.Fishburn/Argos Jr. Sr. Highshool
I think we should get rid of the Electoral College. Think is not fair because the winner take all system.

10/29/2015
Argos, IN
lucas
Argos High School, MR. Fishburn
absolutely not, the electoral college is just another way the government gives the US citizens the illusion of a democracy, when in fact our votes mean nothing

10/29/2015
Argos/Indiana
Jacob
Mr. Fishburn/ Argos High School
I think they should "rewire" the Electoral College. Yes, keep all the things they are doing now, like voting for the President only. But also, they should listen to their populations as well. If the majority vote one way, and the College votes another, the college will have new members when it comes to next election time. Yes, it is the best way to vote for the President, but when it comes to them, the Electoral College members, being able to just ignore their populations and their votes, that's where it's messed up. and the "Winner takes all" system needs to be abolished. No state should have to be forced to vote one way because the majority of their populations want it that way. Each President should be able to get more votes out of each state then just that state going Democrat or Republican.

10/29/2015
Argos/Indiana
Spencer
Mr. Fishburn/Argos
I believe the Electoral College should remain as a process of the Election System. The politicians in the Electoral College have more of an understanding of what is going on in Washington and who is more suited to face those issues.

10/29/2015
Argos/Indiana
Anonymous
Mr. Fishburn/Argos Jr./Sr. High School
I think that the Electoral College is not the best way to elect the President. The problem with this is that people vote because we are a democracy and when people vote for the President, they expect their votes to matter and others to vote alongside them. When thinking about the Electoral College, you see that sometimes their vote can count more than the popular vote. So in mind, if the Electoral College is going to be able to determine the vote for the President to win, then the US voting is not necessary. When the popular vote is the one deciding who the President will be, then it gives us as Americans insight that we helped choose who will be leading us. I feel that US citizens feel like they have no say in this nation sometimes, and I think this example rings true to that concept.

10/29/2015
Dublin,OH
kt
Mr.novar
I think it should be up to the people and what they want

10/29/2015
IN
Cameron
Argos
Yes they should keep the electoral college, but make it so that the states split the votes instead of the majority of votes wins all the states votes.

10/29/2015
Plymouth, IN
Ben
Mr. Fishburn
We should dissipate the electoral college. It an unfair way of voting for the presidential candidate. Most states are "winner takes all" states and don't give a fair shake. This nation is supposed to be based on the people, so let it be based on the peoples say.

10/29/2015
Rossford/OH
Bethany
Mr. Cox/Rossford High School
I think the Electoral College is the best way to elect the president. People in this country are not informed or involved enough to always be trusted to make a good decision on who should lead us. Having an Electoral College as a check system is a good compromise that makes the system still democratic, but not too democratic. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact does not seem like a good solution because it gets rid of the Electoral College’s power to vote differently from the citizens, so they no longer can check the decision of the people.

10/29/2015
Rossford/Ohio
David
Mr. Cox/Rossford High School
I do believe that the electoral college is the best way to elect the president. Throughout the history of disputes, compromises have been the main way to achieve a common goal without completely disregarding people's opinions on a subject. Due to this, both parties are more at peace with a decision. The Electoral College is a compromise that gives the people some say, but the states and congress equal say in a presidential election, while making the whole of the election go smoother. With the Electoral College, people in states can be polled to give a good understanding on who the state will go to come election day, rather than the poll just being a group of people in a popular vote. With popular votes, you get what the majority of the people want, but a lot of the people in the United States are not so in-tune with politics. Often times they will vote for a party or somebody's name that just pops up on a new's banner. With the Electoral College we get what the states want best, rather than the mass's. With the congress choosing the president, perhaps they chose somebody that does not apply to the people's wants. Now there is a start to a revolution. The Electoral College is the best voting system for the United States, for ensuring peace and security.

10/29/2015
Argos IN
Cylie
Argos Jr. Sr. High School
I do think the electoral college is the best way to elect the president because they know more than what the people know. They have a better look at what is right and what needs to be done.

10/29/2015
Argos Indiana
Danyel
Argos High School
The electoral college was partly made to give the smaller population states greater influences but in all honest it doesn't do that the bigger states still have more influence on who is actually elected President. The electoral votes for each state is determined by the number of Representatives plus the number of Senators. In that case the state of California has more Representatives and even tho they have the same number of Senators those added together still are bigger than most other states. This system isn't entirely fair. I agree with it in a sense tho. I don't completely agree on the President being determined by just popular vote but the electoral college system should be worked out so that all states have and equal and fair say in who is the next to run our Country.

10/29/2015
Argos
Dalton
Fishburn
I say electoral college is the best way for presidential election as well

10/29/2015
Argos/IN
Haley
Mr. Fishburn
I think it is fair with Electoral college because I know many people with popular vote who don't pay attention to what is happening, and they vote to just say they did.

10/29/2015
Argos IN
larry
Argos JR SR high school
i think that the electoral college is needed i mean it does need some small things to make it better but there is always a way to make some thing better in the long run no matter how good you make it i thing it does need reform but that is my opinion

10/29/2015
Argos, IN
Chandler
Argos
I believe that the Electoral College should be left as it is. The founding fathers made it the way they did for a reason, and I believe that it does what it is supposed to. Electing a president based purely on popular vote would be catastrophic. There are far too many uninformed and uneducated voters to give them such power. No matter what the method for electing a president there will always be some flaws, but you must compare the flaws of each. Hints why I believe the electoral college is the best method.

10/29/2015
Argos, Indiana
river
fish
I think that it shouldn't be done by electoral vote but by popular vote. That's because it allows the people to have more choice over what they feel is right and not give all that power to just a few select group of people. With that it stops presidents from trying bribe their way to the top and creates less accusations of corruption of the voting. So yes the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact seems like a good solution.

10/29/2015
Indiana
trenton
mr fishburn
I think it should be changed. The electoral college system is broken. As a result, someone who wins the popular vote can still lose the election.

10/29/2015
Argos, IN
Brandon
Mr.Fishburn/Argos Community
I think Electoral voting is the best way to vote its simple and gives the people the chance to read in closer to how the election is going on. The states get electoral votes by the number of reps and plus the senators so Indiana would get 11 votes. Its very simple planning. It can be unfair at times but overall I feel that its the best way to vote at this era of our generation. THANKS

10/29/2015
Argos, Indiana
Joseph
Argos
I believe Electoral College is the best way because most of the U.S. citizens are not really educated enough nor pay close attention much to political details.

10/29/2015
Rossford/OH
Bethany
Mr. Cox/Rossford High School
I think the Electoral College is the best way to elect the president. Not enough people in this country are informed or involved enough to make the decision themselves, but it still should be somewhat democratic, so the Electoral College is a good compromise. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact does not really seem like a good solution because it basically gets rid of the Electoral College's power to vote differently than the people when the people might not have the best candidate in mind.

10/29/2015
Rossford/Ohio
Ben
Mr. Cox/ Rossford High School
I think the Electoral College is the best way to vote for the President because they know what's going on in the government and they know more about it than the people. They also understand what needs to happen to have a successful and productive government. I don't think the popular should truly count because many of the people in Amercia are not informed about the latest events and how to deal with them. Again I think we should keep our way of electing a President since it's working well.

10/28/2015
Rossford/ OH
Collin
Mr. Cox/ Rossford High School
I believe that the Electoral College is the best way to elect the president. There are too many people in this country that don't stay informed on what's going on and just vote to vote. I think that the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact would be a good compromise to please both sides.

3/16/2015
Sidney, MT
Chelsea S.
Mr. Faulhaber
No, I do not think we should keep the Electoral Collage. The Electoral Collage is not a fair way of voting. Because the votes are based on the Electoral Collage, most of the U.S. citizens do not get the presidency they desire. Many U.S. citizens know this but do not try to change it. I belive we should not keep the electoral votes, but change them to most popular votes instead.

3/13/2015
Sidney/MT
Dalton
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think the electoral college is alright to have the final choice of presidency. I think that because there are so many people who vote just to say they did and don't truly know what they're voting for is one reason it's good. I am also against it because it's unfair do to the fact some presidents have won the popular vote and would've won but the electoral vote bashed them. So I'm for the electoral college but yet against it, but it should definitely be changed in some ways.

3/13/2015
Sidney Mt
Cory Dietz
Mr. Faulhaber
I feel that we should not get rid of the electoral college. I think that chosing the president through direct voting from the people would be a terrible idea. The people of the United states are not educated enough to be able to determine and chose which president would be the best fit for our country. If we got rid of the electoral college, running for president would only be a popularity contest.

3/13/2015
Sidney,MT
Austen
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney
I think the electoral college system should be changed to popular vote.n The people know who they want for president. What is the point in having people vote if their vote doesn't even count towards the actual election? If the people favor a certain candidate, let their vote count towards the election, not rely on a representative to vote for them.

3/13/2015
Sidney
Garett
Mr.Faulhaber
I think it should be changed. The electoral college system is broken. As a result, someone who wins the popular vote can still lose the election. For example, Bush vs. Gore this shows how undemocratic the electoral college system is. The "winner take all" system also should be changed.

3/13/2015
Sidney/MT
Samantha G
Mr. Faulhaber
I think the electoral college should be removed because it doesn't truly represent our views of freedom and right to choose. If elections were based more off of the public vote then those who hold office would more than likely fully represent the views and ideals of the majority of Americans.

3/13/2015
Sidney, MT
Austin L
Mr. Faulhaber
I think we should keep using the electoral college because the states representatives and senate knows a lot more about each of the canidates then the normal public. Also, the states representatives and senate also listens to their states votes and then they will vote, so the population still kind of gets a say. Also, "Proponents also point out that with a direct popular vote, the states with the largest populations would dominate the elections and that the cost of running a 50-state campaign would be hugely expensive." I think we should just stay with the electoral college because it has worked for this long so it can continue to work. Also, it prevents people from just voting to vote and then the wrong candidate can win the presidency.

3/13/2015
Sidney, Montana
Audria Tudie
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think we should keep the electoral college. I think more populous cities would control the elections. I think the college should be modified in a better manner. I think the "winner takes all" method is not entirely fair. I think if a candidate wins 40% of the popular votes, then he/she should get 40% of the electoral votes as well. Modifying the electoral college would be my suggestion instead of getting rid of it. Also, candidates spend a lot of money on elections anyways and switching to a direct popular vote would cost even more money. In my opinion, keeping the electoral college is what we should do. Keep it, but modify it.

3/13/2015
Sidney, MT
John
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I don't think that we should get rid of the electoral college. I think that the electoral college should be changed to a proportional voting like Nebraska and Maine. Also in Article II, Section I, of the Constitution describes "electors as the group of citizens who elect the president officially." This is saying that the people who were elected by their state vote for the president. With this proportional voting the people of the state get the right representation for the repbulicans and democrats. What I am trying to say is that we don't need to get rid of it but change it.

3/13/2015
Sidney, MT
Bradley
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think that the Electoral College should stay. However, I do think that the Electoral College should be changed. I believe that the "winner-takes-all" basis should be changed and all Electoral College votes should be proportional. As the case of Bush v. Al Gore and three other elections in 1824, 1876, and 1888, there was a candidate who won the popular vote and still lost in the Electoral College, therefore losing the election. If the Electoral College was changed to be proportional this would give the people of the states in which the Electoral College was won by the opposing party the Electoral votes towards the party in which they voted for. If it was switched to be proportional than it would make voting more democratic.

3/13/2015
Sidney, MT
John
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I don't think that we should get rid of the electoral college. I think that the electoral college should be changed to a proportional voting like Nebraska and Maine. Also in Article II, Section I, of the Constitution describes "electors as the group of citizens who elect the president officially." This is saying that the people who were elected by their state vote for the president. With this proportional voting the people of the state get the right representation for the repbulicans and democrats. What I am trying to say is that we don't need to get rid of it but change it.

3/13/2015
Sidney/MT
Chelsea
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think the Electoral College isn't the best way to elect the president. Opponents say, "the Electoral College makes many states irrelevant in an election if they are clearly leaning toward a one party." I agree with that because if the state is a Republican state, then they are most likely going to choose the Republican candidate. Without the Electoral College, it gives both candidates a chance to win. Also, states with larger numbers of electoral votes gives their candidate a higher chance at winning the election which I think is unfair.

3/13/2015
Sidney, MT
Malorie
Faulhaber/SHS
I think the Electoral College needs to be changed. I believe that the "winner-takes-all" concept isn't fair. A candidate running for president could easily win the popular vote but lose out just because of the electoral votes. This happened with Al Gore and George W. Bush. If a president wins the popular vote, it should be clear that's who is most wanted to represent the country. Also, the fact that states with a lot of electoral votes, like Texas, could be the determining factor whether a candidate wins, even if it was only by a small percentage, is unfair. I don't think the Electoral College represents the people's choice with equal representation.

3/12/2015
Sidney, Montana
Makall
Mr. Faulhaber / Sidney High School
The Electoral College is unfair and should be abolished. I don't think it supports the people's opinion or vote in the best way it could. I think Direct Popular Vote would represent the people better. I also don't think it is fair a candidate could win without a majority of the popular vote. A great example of this is the 2000 election.

3/12/2015
Sidney Montana
Tessa
Mr. Faulhaber
I think that we should change the way we vote in America. I don't think that the electoral college represents the peoples votes well enough. Peoples votes would be better represented if we had each state distribute their electoral votes to match the popular votes, as the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact suggests. I feel that either we change it to where the electoral votes in this way, or that we just choose the president by popular votes directly. Either of these concepts would better represent the people.

3/12/2015
sideny MT
Cody Boyce
Mr. Fallhaber
I think the electoral college is still a great way to select the president. If it went by popular vote you still have those 100,000 people who don't vote and that could make the difference. If we elected specific people to select the president for us, then we should elect the right electoral to vote for us.

3/12/2015
Sidney, MT
Jake
Mr. Faulhaber/SHS
I think that the electoral college could be improved by changing the winner-takes-all voting system. This would make the approval more accurate and just in the election. it is totally unfair that you could win the state by a vote and get every vote in the electoral college. Let's make this equal and just and live up to the idea that America is the land of equality. We see that there is a problem so let's fix it already. Of the people, by the people, for the people.

3/12/2015
Sidney, Mt
Morgan
Mr. Faulhaber
I don't think that the electoral college is the most democratic way of electing a president. As a result, I think we should get rid of it. I believe this because the people lose their voice due to the electoral vote system. As in the Bush vs. Gore election the majority of the peoples vote did not matter. This is a huge example of why the Electoral College should be changed or removed. However, if each state operated under the same system of Maine and Nebraska I think the problem would be solved.

3/12/2015
Sidney, MT
Austin L
Mr. Faulhaber
I think we should keep using the electoral college because the states representatives and senate knows a lot more about each of the canidates then the normal public. Also, the states representatives and senate also listens to their states votes and then they will vote, so the population still kind of gets a say. Also, "Proponents also point out that with a direct popular vote, the states with the largest populations would dominate the elections and that the cost of running a 50-state campaign would be hugely expensive." I think we should just stay with the electoral college because it has worked for this long so it can continue to work. Also, it prevents people from just voting to vote and then the wrong candidate can win the presidency.

3/12/2015
Sidney, Montana
Alexandria
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
The Electoral College System should be abolished entirely. I don't believe that this concept represents what the people actually want. It is stated that this system basically takes over the "one person, one vote." The winner takes system is another method I don't think we should even consider. Winning an election with a small amount of votes and still getting all electoral votes doesn't seem fair to me at all. If the electoral college system was to be abolished I think the voice of the people would be more influential. It would also be more equal among the states. With that being said that is why I think the direct popular vote system would be more approved by the people. They are more involved. The direct popular vote system , I believe would be more effective than the electoral college.

3/12/2015
Sidney, MT
Ethan
Mr. Faulhaber
I think that we should get rid of the Electoral College. With the Electoral College, the candidate that gets the majority vote in a state gets all the electoral votes from that state. This does not give everyone the say in the election of president. Also if a third party candidate wins enough votes then there possibly could not be enough votes for one candidate to win. Then the third party would have to bargain votes out and this would not work. Lastly if a state does not agree on a candidate that state loses their vote. This wouldn't be equal because then that state would not get a day. The Electoral College is a good idea but it has it's problems.

3/12/2015
Sidney, Montana
Shawnee
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think that the electoral collage needs to be eliminated. Obviously the house and senate are supposed to represent the people. It seems to me though that that is not what they're doing. Such as the election between Gore and Bush. Gore clearly should have won. I would have voted for Bush though. The winner takes all system is just not fair, and is just in the way of what the people want. I mean that is why we vote? Not for it to just be taken advantage of by a higher authority. It's not fair or equally distributed. I think we should do the direct popular vote would give the people what they want so we are represented like how we should be.

3/12/2015
Sidney Montana
Gresh
Mr. Faulhaber
I think that we should get rid of the Electoral College because I think the people should be able to choose the president. I also think the Winner Takes All system isn't fair either because a candidate could loose by one popular vote while the other wins the electoral votes. The Electoral College takes away from democracy and the idea of one person one vote. Having the Electoral College pretty much takes away from your own vote because if you live in a republican state and vote democratic its pretty much a wasted vote. I also think we should elect presidents by the direct popular vote because its more fair to all of the citizens that are voting. A great example of how this system is the election of 2000 when Bush beat out Gore even though he lost the popular vote he won the electoral vote to become president.

3/12/2015
Sidney, Montana
Oakley
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney high school
I feel that the United States should get rid of the electoral system. I feel that there is a lot of better ways of electing the president and that this is not one of them. I disagree with the "one person, one vote" policy. I feel that it doesn't represent the American people very well. I think that tere is a lot of other ways that the U.S. can use to elect the president that would get more people to vote, and that would want people to get more involved.

3/12/2015
Sidney, Montana
Katelyn
Mr. Faulhaber/ SHS
I think that the elctoral college is not the best way to elect the president because people are not really getting vote for the person the think should be our president. i don't think it's fair because the people could choose someone but the elctoral colleg could choose the other person so technically the people of our country didn't get to vote for the president. The U.S, should elect presidents based on the direct, popular vote so that the person we the people choose gets elected.

3/12/2015
Sidney, MT
Aquilla
Mr. Faulhaber
I think that we should get rid of the Electoral College because even though it is ment to keep everything equal its really not. If you vote in a democratic state when you are a republican your vote is a waste because that state will be democratic everytime. In getting rid of the Electoral College all votes will be equal. Every person's vote will count. This will change the Federal system but it could be for the better. Instead of voting for just a representative who could possible change his/her vote it would all be based on the peoples vote making our say important.

3/12/2015
Sidney MT
Tristan
Mr. Faulhaber/SHS
I think we should get rid of the Electoral College. I don't think the people get a direct say in who gets elected as President. The electors of your state don't even have to vote for what the majority of the state want. I think that's kind of a crock and is good enough reason alone to get rid of it. The election of 2000 is a clear indicator that the system is jacked. I personally would have voted for Bush if I could have, but Gore clearly should have won.

3/12/2015
Sidney, MT
Louie
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe that the Electoral College system needs to be reformed or completely eliminated. Having the Electoral College takes away the concept of democracy. The system contradicts the concept of one person, one vote. It isn't fair that people's vote in a sense gets thrown out the window because of the electoral college. American democracy would be far stronger without the Electoral College.

3/12/2015
Sidney, MT
Tyler Q
Mr. Faulhaber/SHS
I think we should keep the electoral college because the people in the Senate and house of representatives know more about what is going on then the people they represent. Also, it has worked out for the most part so why change it now. Plus, the Senate and Representatives listen to how their states vote, and they will vote accordingly. The people that are making the votes for the states are far more educated in government then the generall public. Therefore, we should keep the electoral college.

3/12/2015
Sidney, MT
Lakayla
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think the U.S. should get rid of the Electoral College. It isn't very fair because of the winner takes all system. Even if one candidate loses by one popular vote, the other candidate still gets all the votes. It makes it completely unfair to the people who voted for the losing candidate. The Electoral College makes it possible for a candidate to lose the popular vote but still win the electoral vote usually by winning large states.

3/12/2015
Sidney, MT
Cody
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I personally think that the Electoral College is not fair. It is not fair because of the winner takes all system. The winner takes all system is where one candidate could only lose by one popular vote, and the other candidate gets all of the Electoral votes. This system gives an unfair advantage to the candidate who gets all the Electoral votes no matter how close the popular vote is. Also getting rid of the Electoral College would make things more of a direct democracy rather than an indirect democracy.

3/12/2015
Sidney/MT
Marissa
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney high school
I think we should abolish the electoral college. Today, with newspapers, tv, radio, Etc. Voters can learn about the candidates for themselves. It should be the people who chooses the president. The electoral college is unfair in different ways. First, the electoral college is a "winner takes all" in all but two states. People who disagree with the majority are not represented. Second, the system allows the election who does not have the support of a majority of voters. Electing a president on a direct popular vote gives the people what they want, based on their opinion.

3/12/2015
Sidney, MT
Austin L
Mr. Faulhaber
I think we should keep using the electoral college because the states representatives and senate knows a lot more about each of the canidates then the normal public. Also, the states representatives and senate also listens to their states votes and then they will vote, so the population still kind of gets a say. Also, "Proponents also point out that with a direct popular vote, the states with the largest populations would dominate the elections and that the cost of running a 50-state campaign would be hugely expensive." I think we should just stay with the electoral college because it has worked for this long so it can continue to work. Also, it prevents people from just voting to vote and then the wrong candidate can win the presidency.

3/12/2015
Sidney, MT
Austin L
Mr. Faulhaber
I think we should keep using the electoral college because the states representatives and senate knows a lot more about each of the canidates then the normal public. Also, the states representatives and senate also listens to their states votes and then they will vote, so the population still kind of gets a say. Also, "Proponents also point out that with a direct popular vote, the states with the largest populations would dominate the elections and that the cost of running a 50-state campaign would be hugely expensive." I think we should just stay with the electoral college because it has worked for this long so it can continue to work. Also, it prevents people from just voting to vote and then the wrong candidate can win the presidency.

3/12/2015
Sidney/MT
Sam K.
Mr.Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think that we should get rid of the electoral college. I think this because with the electoral college we don't really have a say in our vote. Also, the "winner takes all" concept basically takes away the chance for a fair vote or makes it so you can win the popular vote and loose the electoral vote and make them not win the election. If we get rid of the electoral college then I feel that our vote will actually matter and we can have a say in what we want. With the electoral college in effect, the votes are not equally distributed throughout the states. The electoral college is outdated and should be taken out of our way of voting.

3/12/2015
Sidney MT
Madison
Mr.Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I feel like we should get rid of the Electoral College completely. I don't feel like the people are fairly represented. We shouldn't go off of a winner take all system. It doesn't make sense to me that if a candidate wins, even by a very small amount, they get all of the electoral votes. I think we should start electing the president using the direct popular vote system. I feel like this would be more effective at giving the people what they really want, and letting their voices be heard. I think that the direct popular vote would be far more democratic than the Electoral College. In my opinion, we should get rid of the Electoral College and start using the direct popular vote system.

3/12/2015
Sidney,MT
Taylor Searer
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I believe the United States should start making steps to change how they elect the president. I think that with the electoral college the preident people want might not be the one they get. The thought that a presidential canadite can win the majority of votes in the whole country but still loose the election is crazy. If the US is truly a democracy the people of the US should be choosing who runs their country. If they do keep the electoral college they should get rid of the "winner take all" way. If a canadite wins 49 percent of a state that has 20 electoral votes that means almost 10 votes have been taken away from him and given to his opponent even though he did not win those votes.

3/12/2015
Sidney
Nathan
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe that we should get rid of the electoral college. I think we should go to the winner take all method. The winner take all method just makes more sense to me than the electoral college does. If you win the votes then I believe you should win the election. They also say that the electoral college defeats the purpose of the "one person one vote" system. I think we should just get rid of the electoral college all together.

3/12/2015
Sidney, MT
Brady
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think that we should change or get rid of the the Electoral College. The reasons why I say this is becasue I dont think that it represents what the people want. I also think we should get the "winner take all" concept. I think if someone get 45% of the votes in a certain state they should get 45% of the Electoral votes from that state. I think we should elect the president based on the direct popular vote, rather than the "winner takes all" system we have today.

3/12/2015
Sidney, Montana
Rudy
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think that the Electoral College should be eliminated because it is an out-dated system. "The framers were skeptical that the general public was sufficiently informed to choose national leaders", while this was probably true when the framers lived it is not true today. Today the public has access to the internet, abundant newspapers, and television. The fact that the framers thought that the House would decide most elections shows how misused the Electoral College system is and that it is not proper in this day and age. Another thing is that the Electoral College was not designed for political parties. Political parties have corrupted the system. I think that it would be more fair the citizens of the United States and the candidates running for election to abolish the Electoral College and replace it with a direct popular vote.

3/11/2015
Sidney, Montana
Jared Kutzler
Mr. Faulhaber / Sidney High School
I believe that the system of voting definitely needs reform for many reasons. The so called "one person, one vote" concept is completely contradicted when they use the electoral college voting system. The Electoral College system is not equally distributed among each state, due to the differences in population in each state. The system needs to be converted to direct popular vote. Popular vote puts the "one Person, one vote" concept into action which, in return, is much more fair for all 50 states.

3/11/2015
Sidney, MT
Aaron
Sidney High School
I believe that we should not get rid of the electoral college because we have had it for a majority of our political history. In changing it, it could complicate our voting system by making the majority vote harder to obtain. If we did change the electoral college, What else could change? The electoral college makes voting somewhat more equal. That equality would disintegrate withing the voting system.

3/11/2015
Sidney/MT
Natasha
Mr. Faulhaber/SHS
The Electoral College is a body of electors that are chosen to vote for the President and the Vice President based off of the individual votes of the people in their state, as stated in Article II Section I of the Constitution. You are only voting indirectly. I do not fully agree with the Electoral College system, mainly because of the "winner-take-all" basis. The only state that does not fully practice this is Maine and Nebraska. It is not fair for a small group of people to vote for one candidate, but the other candidate is elected for that state because they received a higher popular vote. So, in order to make all voices heard, I believe it is best to elect U.S. presidents and vice presidents based on direct popular vote. That way everyone's individual voice is heard if they decide to vote in the election. I also agree with the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact because it would have the states distribute their electoral votes to match their states popular vote.

4/30/2014
Vacaville
Morgan B.
Mr. Hawkins/BCMHS
There are three main flaws in the Electoral College system, these being that: (1) electoral votes are not equally distributed to each state, making a single person's vote in a smaller state worth more than a single person's vote in a larger state, (2) a candidate may win the popular vote, but loose the electoral vote, which would lose them the election, (3) Electoral College members are not required to vote with the majority in their state, they do not have to choose the popular candidate chosen by the people in their state. For all of these reasons, and many more, the Electoral College should be abolished and placed by a more truly democratic and incorruptible system of presidential and vice-presidential election.

4/28/2014
Vacaville
Tracy
Mr. Hawkins/BCMHS
The Electoral College is a group of people who are in charge of formally selecting the President and the Vice President. Each state has a certain amount of electors who represent them. Contrary to what seems like the logical setup, the President of the American people is not elected based off of their popular vote, but off of the electoral vote. The electors make the final decision of who will be President of the United States. This system is flawed, and does not serve justice to the American people. The three main flaws in this system are these: 1. It is possible for a candidate to win the popular vote but lose the electoral vote, and in turn-lose the entire election. 2. There are no binding laws, which require the electors to vote in favor of the popular vote. They have the ability to completely disregard the will of the American people. And 3. If the electors can come to no agreement on a candidate with the majority of votes, then it is thrown to the House. The whole set up is manipulated by one small group of people, who do not always accurately represent the citizens, whom they are purposed to represent. The Electoral College is an old system which no longer maintains any relevance. It is time for change.

4/16/2014
CA
Andrew
BCMHS
The Electoral College is a body of electors that are chosen to vote for the President and Vice President of the United States. The Electoral College is a system that ultimately undermines democracy and holds us back as a nation. When the Electoral College was first founded, it was because voters did not have hasty access to information about the candidates that we do now. Back then, it made sense to have a system in which educated representatives voted for us. In this day and age, however, it proves to be an insult to the American people. The electoral college is not only outdated, but it is also unfair to certain states. This is because smaller states have a larger voting power within the electoral college than they otherwise would have. This is because electoral votes are taken from larger states and given to smaller states. This ultimately gives some U.S. citizens more power with their vote. Having some citizens with more say in the government than others undermines the basic concept of democracy. The electoral college must be abolished.

4/14/2014
Vacaville/CA
Jasmine C.
Hawkins/Buckingham
The Electoral College is the institution that officially elects the President and Vice President of the United States every four years. The President and Vice President are not elected directly by the voters. Instead, they are elected by "electors" who are chosen by popular vote on a state-by-state basis. The candidate that receives an absolute majority of electoral votes (currently 270) for the offices of President or Vice President is elected to that office. In the event of a tie the vote goes to the House of Representatives. According to the 12th Amendment, they ultimately choose who will become the President and Vice President of the United States. It states that if no candidate gains majority of the votes, then the decision goes to the House. Although the Electoral College has worked for over decades there are still some flaws in it, and I feel that we should get rid of the Electoral College. Some of the flaws are that it is possible to win the popular vote in the presidential election, but lose the Electoral College vote, nothing in the Constitution, nor in any federal statute, requires the electors to vote for the candidate favored by the popular vote in their State, and If no candidate gains a majority in the electoral college, the election is thrown into the House and each State is given one vote, meaning that States with smaller populations wield the same power as those with larger populations. The Electoral College has served its purpose over the decades, but when we look deep into it, and actually learn more about it we see that it is not the most efficient way to choose a leader.

4/14/2014
Vacaville, CA
Ashlee
Hawkins/Buckingham
The Electoral College is becoming a very controversial topic in which many think that it is a good system and many think that it is flawed or outdated. The Electoral College System is a compromise between direct election by the citizens and the election by the congress. It was originally created because the framers thought that the public was insufficient and misinformed in choosing our national leaders. We vote for an elector who then represents our voice of our favored candidate, however when you look at it, it comes to being an indirect vote and you have little to no say. This is not the best way to elect the president because it is not the true voice of the people; there are many flaws, some being that the electors can vote for whomever they personally want and it doesn’t matter if you win the popular vote because it solely depends on the electoral votes. The United States should elect presidents based on direct popular vote or at least modify the circumstances. Times have changed and we have plenty of resources today to inform us of the candidates in which we are capable of voting our selves.

4/14/2014
Vacaville/ California
Jasmine
Mr. Hawkins/ Buckingham Charter School
The Electoral College is often seen as an unfair system to determine our leader. There are three main defects within the Electoral College itself besides the absurd people that work within it. The three main defects are: (1) it’s possible to win popular vote but lose Electoral College vote, (2) Nothing in the constitution requires the electors to vote for the candidate favored by popular vote in their state, and lastly (3) if no candidate gains, it goes to the house of representatives and one vote will go towards each state. This shows that the Electoral College is obviously and unfair way to win or lose and that is why it should be abolished, so we can have a more fair way to elect our presidents.

4/14/2014
Vacaville, CA
Joey
Hawkins / BCMHS
The Electoral College should be abolished. It is not far that some states votes count more than others. The Electoral College takes power away from bigger states and gives it to less populated states. This means that votes in smaller states count significantly more than other states. This also allows candidates to only campaign in certain states. Candidates campaign in the same states every year because there are already several states that are either democratic or republican every single time. Candidates only really push for the “swing states” because their votes can go either way. In states that are already primarily democratic or republican the apposing side often doesn’t even vote because they feel that their votes don’t really count. If every vote really counted then it would make candidates really push for as many states as possible. If every vote counted then many more people would vote as well.

4/14/2014
Vacaville/Ca
Carissa
Hawkins/Buckingham
Back in 1787, delegates established the Electoral College, which is used to elect the President and Vice President of the United States to this day. The current year is 2014, making that system 227 years old. The Electoral College is not the best way to elect the president. The Electoral College has too many problems and is outdated for our society. Back in the day the Electoral College worked. The Electoral College has to be abolished for varies reasons. It has three major defects as of right now. It is possible to win the popular vote in the presidential election, but lose the Electoral College vote. Nothing in the Constitution, or in any federal statute, requires the electors to vote for the candidate favored by the popular vote in their State. If no candidate gains a majority in the Electoral College, the election is thrown into the House. These defects have crippled the system vigorously. I am surprised the system still exists today. It has a five percent failure rate. It may not seem like a lot but it is. It is unfair to the people to waste their time voting, when someone else is going to cast their vote differently. Voting should be based on the direct, popular vote from the people. We need to give the power back to the people and let them vote for who they want to lead them. Americans deserve the equal chance at affecting the direction of presidential politics. We the people are capable of holding the power of the choosing of the president and vice president. We just have to be trusted to make the best decision for us. It isn’t back in the day where we barely knew anything about the political race. Social media and other technologies have made it easy for citizens to learn about what is going on. We can do it, only if we are allowed.

4/14/2014
Cali
Joseph
Mr. Hawkins/BCMHS
I think the U.S shouldn't keep the Electoral College. Their are too many weaknesses in the Electoral College; as a result, it creates more flaws and issues within the system. Also, I think the Electoral College doesn't represent the people’s choice like the popular vote. We shouldn't have the senates and House of Representatives decide for us, instead citizens should be able to vote for the President directly.

4/14/2014
Vacaville/CA
ashley B.
Hawkins/Buckingham Charter Magnet High School
An electoral college is a group of people chosen by their state who elect their president officially. There are many flaws to this system regarding whether or not this system is democratic. The framers set up this system because they did not feel like the people did no have enough information to know about the Candidates and their goals for the country, It is the 21st century and It is not the best way The president should be chosen. In many instances the candidate who won the majority vote did not win the electoral vote therefore not making them president. It is up to the people to decide who the president of United States is directly. On the other hand if we get rid of the Electoral College third- or fourth-party candidacies whose appeal might not extend beyond a few large states or a single region could be chosen. I believe that the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is the best way to go by the States agreeing to distribute their electoral votes to match the popular vote once states representing a majority of electoral votes had agreed to do so. This would give the people a sense of authority back n their government and back into their lives.

4/14/2014
Vacaville/CA
Toby
Hawkins/BCMHS
The Electoral College is the best way to elect the president because most of the voters vote blindly without doing much research. The U.S. should not elect a president based on a popular vote because then the states lose their say in the election, meaning that the large states have more power. Also the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is not a good solution because then the states with larger populations lose the say for their people that make up the Majority of the US and basically, by distributing the votes more that they do now, give it to a minority of the population.

4/14/2014
Vacaville California
janelle
hawkins/buckingham
I do not think that the Electoral College is the best way to elect a president because of the flaws that it has. Four times a President has won the electoral vote but not the popular vote, and I do believe that the president should win by direct, popular vote. The voting system is also very unfair to larger states but giving our electoral votes to smaller state making the ratio of votes to people worth more in a smaller state and not so much in a larger state. I believe that the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact would be a better solution than what we have now. It would help even our the popular vote, and instead of winner takes all it would divide the electoral votes up evenly.

4/14/2014
Vacaville, CA
Julie
Mr. Hawkins, BCMHS
The Electoral College is America’s form of voting where we have the popular vote then the Electoral vote. The people make the popular vote for both the president and vice then the electoral voters vote for whoever won the popular vote. However things don’t always go as they should for this system has flaws, three to be exact. The first flaw is that a president can win the popular vote and still lose the electoral vote. This has happened on more than one occasion, four times actually. The second flaw is that there is no law saying that the electoral voters have to vote for the popular vote. Although no electoral voter has ever done such a thing, to our knowledge at least, it should be law. Just the mere idea that this could happen without consequence leads me to question why we vote in the first place. The last flaw is that if in case of a draw or tie, the defining final vote goes to the House of Representatives. This has happened at least two times and to have a small group have all the say undermines the people and is not democratic. These flaws that have never been fixed and show no signs of being fixed lead me to the decision that the Electoral College should be changed or replaced altogether.

4/14/2014
Vacaville
Lisa
Hawkins
The Electoral College is a body of people representing the states of America that formally vote and select the President and Vice President. These 538 people decide America’s fate for the next four years. The original provision for the Electoral College was because the founders felt that Americans could not accurately vote for a president for the reason that they were uninformed of the candidates. As we all can see that is not the case anymore. Although we still have many ignorant Americans there is plenty of means for every American to accurately vote based on the information that they find or more properly is slid down their throat about each candidate. The founders were not wrong for placing the Electoral College in play, they just didn’t understate the drastic difference of state our country would be in all this time later. We have out grown our own skin and it is time for a change. America should no longer be trying to sit in this old, dry skin but rather moving on to what fits our country best. The change must end the Electoral College. By abolishing the Electoral College the people would be accurately represented by the President. Better yet, there should be a nationwide vote put unless that asks Americans whether or not the Electoral College should be put in place. By doing this, Electoral College or not, American’s opinion would be first. In my personal opinion the Electoral College should be removed and the popular vote in each state should decide the President.

4/14/2014
Vacaville/CA
Jordan H
Hawkins/BCMHS
The short answer is no. The Electoral College is a system we’ve been using to elect our President’s since George Washington himself. The country has a popular vote, and each state has a majority in which they favor a select candidate, they then send their electoral votes, based off of population, to the Electoral College where ballots are placed. And, the President with the most electoral votes wins. However, there are some major flaws with this. The voters who are sent to the college are NOT tied to vote how their state wants them to vote, which can be very upsetting if the race is very close. Also, with this system, smaller states have more votes than they should, while bigger states have fewer votes than they should. You may think that that’s a good thing, but it’s not. The election is based off of population, so by taking away votes from bigger states, you’re really taking away voices from people who can’t be heard anymore. And, another thing, the way the votes have been set up, in the Electoral College, it is technically possible to win the presidential election with only 21.91% of the popular vote. So, it’s okay that 78% of the nation voted against you, and you can still win. That’s extremely unfair. This system was invented when George Washington was being elected, because it was the quickest way to send in votes. Now that we have technology, this system is far outdated. It needs to be removed, and the election process needs to be changed.

3/13/2014
Sidney/MT
Tori Hill
Faulhaber/Sidney High School
The issue here is on who should vote for president--the Electoral College or the popular vote (i.e. the people). As noted in the article, Article II Section I of the Constitution describes electors as the group of citizens who elect the president officially. The 23rd Amendment to the Constitution also ties in with this. I think that the Electoral College, though flawed, is the best way to elect the president. I agree with Hannah from Belleville, NY, that it is a vital part of our voting system today. I am not sure if there would be a better solution because it has not been tried, but I DO NOT believe the U.S. should elect presidents based on direct, popular vote. I agree with Lane "For all its flaws, the electoral college helps stabilize U.S. politics by encouraging the development of a two-party system." Either way, states with higher populations are going to get more votes. That only makes sense. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact sounds like a good solution. I could be wrong though. I am not a huge fan of the "winner-take-all" system in place right now. Although, there has only been three elections in the course of history where the popular vote was not what the electoral was and America seems to be doing pretty alright today.

3/11/2014
Bellville NY
Gregory
Miss Colby Bellville Henderson
Seen over history times change along with it so do laws. But this is one that should stay in place due to the effectiveness of it so far. I would say if 95% of the nation were to vote every election it should then be changed but that is just simply not the case. So until then we need this in place until more people take an intest in such events.

3/9/2014
Belleville, NY
Hannah
Miss Colby
I believe that the electoral is a vital part of out voting system today. It should still be used. Although every US adult citizen has the right to vote, the electoral college does more. They are more educated about voting and candidates. They should still play an important role. The electoral college should still be use today.

3/9/2014
Belleville/New York
Bre
Colby/BH
I think that we should keep the electoral college, since not every US citizen actually votes in the Presidential election, and some citizens that do vote have no idea what a certain candidate is running for, whether it's change or something else. Even though it would be nice to take the electoral college away for one election to see how everything goes, we are taking a big risk not knowing if it is going to work or not.

3/7/2014
Belleville/NY
Abbey
Miss Colby/Belleville Henderson
Since the Electoral College came about, it has been more than effective throughout the voting process. The Electoral College should remain apart of the U.S. Even though there have been some circumstances where presidents have won due to the popular vote, which is how most people feel it should be, they have not won the electoral vote. And in other circumstances, it has been the opposite. The Electoral College has been working just fine, so there isn't really any reason to get rid of it now.

3/7/2014
Belleville/NY
Tristan Jacob
Colby/Belleville Henderson
I think that the U.S. should elect the president based on a popular vote. When the electoral college was founded, it was made in an attempt to keep the Union as one. That was over a century ago. Now, the country is so closely knit that it is no longer necessary to have the electoral vote. The popular vote would be the most fair way to vote for a president. Then there would be no way to say that someone had an advantage over another.

3/7/2014
Belleville/NY
Jake
Miss Colby/Belleville Henderson
I do not think that the U.S. should keep the Electoral college because it doesn't completely represent the peoples choice like the popular vote does. Therefore, it should be eliminated because our country is supppossed to be represented by who is best for our country and the majority of our nation should choose that.

3/7/2014
New York
Alan
Belleville Henderson
The Electoral College has been around since the intial writing of the United States Constitution. It has lasted over 200 years, and still holds the keys to running an effective United States Republic. In this regard, I believe the Electoral College should remain in place, regardless of circumstances. In the past 20 years, there have been some cases in which people have won the popular vote, but not the Electoral. They can claim the injustice of the Constitution, but like everything else, nothing is absolutely perfect. It may be unfortunate to some candidates, but why change a document that has worked for over 200 years?

3/7/2014
Belleville/ NY
Skyllar
Colby/ BHCS
Yes we should keep it so it dosent mess up the voting.

3/7/2014
Belleville, NY
Ashley
Colby Belleville Henderson
The electoral college is one big confusing mess, but it works. I know there's frustration and anger when someone wins the electoral and not the popular, but personally, I'm glad it's till there. Today in America people don't care about politics, a lot of people see them as rich politicians getting their way, and so they don't go out a vote. Then the people who are left are uneducated and vote for their favorite person based of the empty promises every single one of them make. The people don't follow up on these nominees, and they certainly don't do their homework on them. Most people vote for a person because they are powerful speakers, but in all honesty they don't ever fulfill their promises. I would rather have someone who is well educated in my state, and caught up on the current issues helping choose our next leader, rather than have someone who has no idea how many senators there are in Congress.

3/7/2014
belleville ny
Megan
Colby
We should keep the electoral college. It helps break the ties in elections.

3/7/2014
NY
tiffani
BHCS
I believe the U.S. should keep the electoral college due to the state we're in right now. the criteria and process of the Electoral College is pretty much a guidline for young adults and that could be good for the future generations

3/7/2014
NY
Christine
Ms. Colby/BHCS
I believe the US should keep the electoral college. The Electoral college was put in place for a reason and I think it is beneficial to this country. The memebers of the college are educated and well informed about certain things that citizens may not be as informed and educated on.

3/7/2014
ny
thurman
belleville
yes becouse it is easer to have it done in the states than to count evry vote by evryone nation wide

3/7/2014
Belleville NY
Milinda
Colby/ Belleville Henderson
The United States should keep the Electoral College because theres a difference between the popular vote and electoral votes so its a good balace. This is because having more popular votes on isnt always better than the amount of electoral votes.

3/7/2014
Belleville New York
Daniel
Miss. Colby Belleville Henderson
I think having the electoral college is a good idea. We have been using the electoral college since 1845 and i believe that we should continue to use it. Why change what we've been using for so long? There have been times where someone won the popular vote but lost because they did win the electoral vote. I believe that this is still a good way to give each person running for president a chance to win. Just because they win the majority of one vote doesn't always mean they will win the presidency.

3/7/2014
NY
Jamez
BHCS
I am on the line with this one. NNY has a lot of Republicans that I dont think get much of a voice because of New York City being where almost all of our real population is. It is a high ratio of democrats to republicans which just because of NYC that makes NY naturally a blue state.

3/7/2014
belleville, ny
emily
colby/bhcs
the united states should keep the electoral college. it keeps a nice balance between the electoral vote and the popular vote for the voters. just because someone's popular and liked by everyone doesn't mean it'd be best for our country espeacially when it's serious like picking someone to run us for years in the white house.

3/7/2014
Belleville/NY
Kristin
Colby/Belleville Henderson
I think the U.S. should keep the Electoral College. Even though there have been instances where one candidate has won the popular vote but lost because of the electoral vote, I still think it is a good idea. I think it is a nice balance between the people and popular vote and the electoral votes. I think maybe sometimes the Electoral College thinks of things clearer and more thouroughly than some of the citizens who vote (some, not all.) Sometimes the "popular" choice isn't always what might be best for our country.

3/7/2014
Belleville New York
Quinn
Ms. Colby/Belleville Henderson Central School
Yes, we should definitely keep it because it would mess up the entire voting order.

3/7/2014
Belleville/ New York
Katy
Colby
The Electoral College is a good way to elect the president. The framers believed that the people was not qualified to make a decision. Therefore, we have the electoral college and it helps the people who aren't positive on voting. especially the newer voters

3/7/2014
NY
Tyler
Colby
The electoral college is important to the process of voting. If it just disappeared then voting would be much more chaotic.

12/18/2012
Irving Texas
Jasmin T.
Bradley/Nimitz
The Electoral College is not a necessity in my opinion. I find it more of a hassle because it basically creates this extra state that gets to put their opinion out there. We should get rid of the electoral college and keep our popular vote.

12/10/2012
CA
Yovana
MHS
The Electoral College is a good way to elect the president. The framers believed that the public was not qualified to make such a decision and though clearly we at an age different from long ago, the Elecotoral College seems to work. It prevents the public from choosing a crazy person for president in a moment of desperation. Take for example Hitler. The electoral college prevents those kind of crazy people from taking hold of power.

12/9/2012
California
Melissa
Monache
This is a difficult question to answer. On one side the electoral college is a cheap shot at the American people, manipulating their votes. On the other hand however, it does ensure that we never elect a Hitler into office or another George Bush.

11/28/2012
Porterville, CA
Weston
Smith/MHS
The Framers of the Constitution were right: The American public is not nearly well educated enough to directly elect the president. Even in this age of instant information, people are simply ignorant of many important facts. Nearly all "news shows" are mere sensationalism with a biased spin. It is so bad that many people think global warming is real! Also, many people think that the reason for the war in Iraq was to counter terrorism. It was not. All that was was a wild goose chase. Anyway, as a general rule, Americans are not informed enough to directly choose a President. I'm not saying that Senators are, but direct election is not the way to go (In case you're wondering, one senator was concerned about Guam capsizing due to overpopulation, another thought that Buffalo, NY was Rhinoceros, NY and the list goes on).

11/26/2012
Irving/Tx
Heather E
Bradley/Nimitz
I do not think the Electoral College is the best way to elect the president. In this democratic society, the saying goes, "for the people", right? If the people favor one candidate, more than the other, then that is who should be chosen for president. We need to elect the president based on a direct, popular vote, not on an electoral college. The National Vote Interstate Compact does seem like a good solution. If one state has a higher popular vote for one candidate, then they should get the electoral votes.

11/24/2012
Irving/TX
Bethany
Bradley/Nimitz
The Electoral College is the best way to elect the President. Some opponents of the college say that electors are less democratic and disrupt the “one person, one vote” idea; however, the country elects the president as a whole, not as many separate entities. Not any one person who votes in the election decides the outcome – all the votes together decide the outcome. Therefore, having the “winner take all” system in all but two states works just fine and goes along with the principle that the majority vote decides the presidency, not individuals separately. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact does not seem like a good solution, because there is no problem. If the states distributed the electoral votes based on the popular vote, what would be the point of having the college? Why not just use the popular vote to decide the presidency rather than the electoral college? Having this new “solution” put in place based on an individualistic process would be a disruption on what has been done and worked throughout our nation's whole history, and might even cause some disruption in the unity of the country in deciding the leader of our nation.

11/19/2012
Belleville/NY
Kylee
Colby/Belleville-Henderson
I believe the United States should do away with the electoral college and keep the popular vote solely. I believe this would convince people every vote really does matter, and that would get more people to vote also!

11/19/2012
nh
rem/ben
ghhms
the populor vote is better. Each person may feel a little bit more involved. Also each persons voice may be heard a little more into the topic.that is why pop is better than rock.

11/19/2012
Derry, NH
Kelsey A
Mr. G/GHHMS
I believe that we should vote by most popular vote. I believe that we should vote by popular vote because then more people would want that president for the election. Our founding fathers built a very cleaver way to vote but, its not really fair if California has 55 electoral votes and New Hampshire only has 4. Then that one president will get more votes just because they have more electoral votes. For example Al gore got more popular votes and Gorge W. Bush got more electoral vote so, then more people wanted Al Gore. Thats way I believe that we should vote by popular vote.

11/19/2012
Derry, New Hampshire
Kendra S.
Mr. Gustavsen, GHHMS
I believe we should by Electoral voting. I believe this because if we vote by Popular vote than people who are in one state would have more than another state, and if you do that then it won't be even like in Electoral voting where if you vote in one state each state has a certain amount of votes depending on the population. Like one state, say it's NH has 4 electoral votes and another state, like California has about 15, than it would be fair because California has a bigger population. That is why I think we should still vote using the Electoral College.

11/19/2012
N.H. darry
max g
ghhms,mr.G
I think we should have popular vote because it is easier. Instead of waiting for 30 minutes on the television for it to tally up. Also in 2000 Al Gore would have won if it was based on popular vote. That is why we should have popular vote.

11/19/2012
derry nh
ricky s
ghhms
i do not beleive electoral college. because they say all votes matter but they dont with electoral college. i also dont agree because electoral college is not how we run voting with everyone else.

11/19/2012
Derry/NH
Nathan L.
Mr.Gustavsen/GHHMS
I say yes to the popular vote because the candidate that gets more popular votes should be decided by the popular votes so that people have a better say in the voting selection so that people have a vote that counts and decides who is the president.

11/19/2012
Derry, NH
Hope
Mr.G/ GHHMS
I think we should keep the popular vote, because it seems a lot easier to use. The electoral vote seems like it doesn't represent all the voters in the country evenly. So instead of the electoral vote, we should all use the popular vote.

11/19/2012
Derry, NH
Melanie/Hannah
Mr.G/ Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
I think that we should elect our president by a popular vote instead of the electoral college. I think this because it would keep voting more fair. Instead of the candidates going to the states that have more electoral votes they would go everywhere. I think that electing the president by a popular vote would keep voting more fair.

11/19/2012
Derry, NH
stryker
Mr. G
I would get rid of the Electoral vote. The president dosen't win by popular vote. The states have a different amount of electoral votes so it is not even.

11/19/2012
Derry,NH
Joe
Mr.Gustavsen GHHMS
Yes, I think the U.S should keep the electoral college. IF they use the electoral college it shows how many people in the state vote for one person, a lot like popular vote. If somebody wins a state, the number of people in the state determines how many electoral college votes they get. I think they should keep the electoral college.

11/18/2012
Irving/Tx
Jazmyn
Bradley/Nimitz
The Electoral college has cause a lot of conflict. Voters don't really know about it. They think that there vote is going straight to the candidate of there choice. When the voters first found out that there was a such thing as an Electoral college, some went to the extreme and said one presidential candidate had cheated.

11/16/2012
Irving/TX
Rose
Bradley/Nimitz
The electoral college is not a fairway to elect a president. Clearly the people of the United State should have a say directly on who gets appointed to the presidency. They system in which the electoral college works is really unfair, and unnecessary. During the election the candidates should focus on getting the vote of the nation as a whole not just on a particular swing state. The electoral college has effected only 4 elections from the time the US was established meaning that the popular vote is quit accurate

11/16/2012
Irving, TX
Kelsey
Bradley, Nimitz High School
I do not believe that the Electoral College is necessary. The EC creates an extra state to electing our president. With almost every state being a winner take all state makes the EC even worse! If there is going to be a group that votes for the person we wish to vote for then each winning district delegate should get to vote. Instead of their vote being taken and given to someone else. The popular vote is the right way to elect a president. Getting rid of the college would be the be the best solution, but it is highly doubtful in my eyes that would actually with in my life time. What I would at least like to see would be a change in how the electoral college work so that the popular votes can be stronger.

11/16/2012
Irving/Texas
Lily
Bradley/Nimitz
The Electoral College is the best way to elect our president because it contributes to the cohesiveness of the country by requiring a distribution of popular support, enhances the status of the minority interests, contributes to the political stability of the nation by encouraging a two-party system, and maintains a federal system of government and representation. Not only that, but it keeps uneducated people from directly voting for the president. Not everyone is truly informed about the candidates, and choose to vote for someone for ignorant reasons. It's just a lot more fair that we have the Electoral College.

11/16/2012
Derry
Matthew D.
Gilbert H. Hood
The president should be elected based on the popular vote. This should happen because people should be able to choose their own president. A lot of times the loser had more popular votes but because of the electoral vote the person who was supposed to win lost.

11/16/2012
Montgomery, Texas
Zack W. J.
Metzger
I think the electoral college should be eliminated, because, I think that that people should be able to chose the president of the united states not the electoral college. why should we vote if the electoral college can over-rule the outcome?

11/16/2012
Irving/Texas
Pablo G.
Bradley/Nimitz
Ignorance flows through the veins of more Americans than anyone is willing to admit. The percentage of Americans that are ignorant in the matters of politics? Even greater. And "the people" call for these ignorant souls to have full power in choosing their next leader, the face of America, one of the greatest world powers on this Earth? Ignorance at its greatest. The Electoral College is the bridge gap between ignorant fools and educated citizens making an educated vote. By all means, everyone vote. But the Electoral College helps prevent the U.S. from being tainted by its own ignorant people. Is the popular vote important? By all means, yes! Is it everything? No, and that's rather a good thing. Better to have educated politicians vote on matters in which they are familiar with, than a street bum, with the education of 10 year old who just so happens to own a Voter's Registration card, vote.

11/15/2012
Irving/TX
Stephen S.
Bradley/Nimitz
The Electoral college should stay mainly because its with people who have actual political experience and know what is going on in the country. The popular vote can have people who vote for someone that they have heard of without them having any knowledge of their views and plans. The College might seem bias, which some votes are, however it is safer to keep the Electoral College then let the popular vote choose who runs the country. I agree that every ones vote doesn't all matter, but a huge portion of voters are misinformed where they have a high chance of voting the wrong person.

11/15/2012
Watertown/MA
Derek
Mr. Rimas
For the electoral college to remain in place, electorates should be awarded based on the percentage of votes received in a particular state. If a candidate wins 51% of the vote in the state, he should be awarded the majority of the candidates. But receiving all of the electors for the state eliminates the voice of those who voted in opposition. By awarding electors based on percentage of votes won, voters in states like MA would have a greater incentive to vote, feeling as though their voice would be heard.

11/15/2012
Derry NH
Brianna P
Mr.Gustavsen GHHMS
We should have popular vote because, the popular votes are by getting 270 votes in the 50 states. Also more people wanted President Obama to win. The last thing is people should have by popular vote because its easier than just voting and placing its in and by the time the votes come in it adds up to be the next President.

11/15/2012
derry NH
Andrew S.
mr. grenda
I think that the presadent should keep the electoral collage. Because it is easyer to count the votes. That means that people whant that person to wwin the election

11/15/2012
Derry
Andrew K.
Mr. Grenda
I think the president should keep the electoral college because its easier to count up the votes in the country. This will make it easier to decide who an who will not be president. Also because more people would want that president to win. That is why I think the should keep the electoral college.

11/14/2012
derry
jordan
ghhms
I think popular vote should win. it should win because more people want that person to win

11/13/2012
Irving/Texas
Linda
Bradley/Nimitz
There is a reason why framers set the Electoral college. They knew that the public would not be well informed about that candidates. Many people don't even know how a president is actually elected, much less even heard of the Electoral College. It's like, if you needed an operation, would you choose your friend to do it for you, or would you go to a professional who actually knows what he is doing? Same goes for this situation. It is best to have someone with experience in the political area to choose whats best for you. Electing the Presidents through a direct, popular vote would be a big mistake. Because of the lack of knowledge of the voters, they would be throwing themselves into something they don't even know therefore making the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact not a good solution. They way the Electoral College is set up right now is how the government has been working and how it should stay working.

11/13/2012
Irving
Omar
Bradley/Nimitz
The Electoral College should stay promptly because with a popular vote, it could lead to more corruption for political parties and they could buy out the votes of the people and would count more towards the path to the presidency. With representatives of each district counting for the vote to the presidency, we know that the representatives know who to vote for partially because of the experience and stature held in government.

11/13/2012
Derry NH
Griffin
GHHMS
I think they should keep the electoral college because if it was from populer vote some states (Florida) have much more votes then other states like New Hampshire

11/13/2012
Derry
Jasmine K.
GHHMS
I think the electoral college should go because everything is confusing. The people of the United States don't need someone voting for them. What if the representative votes for somebody the state doesn't want? No one would know and that person would get his/her way. I for one would like the popular vote because it is the candidate's job to get all fifty states to want him to win.

11/13/2012
derry
nick ward
mr grenda
i think they should get rid of the electoral college. its not fair that you need 270 electoral votes. that goes against every vote counts. with popular vote you make more people happy that there person won that the people who didnt. in conclusion its more fair than electoral college

11/13/2012
Derry, NH
Jules
GHHMS
I think they should get rid of the electoral college, because if one person wins a state, all the votes for the other person in that state don't count, so every vote doesn't count, and people are less likely to vote. Popular vote would be better, and people would be more likely to vote.

11/13/2012
derry/ nh
lillie
Mr.Gustavsen/ghhms
when i had found out about the electoral college i thought it was horrible. i mean don't get me wrong it sounds complicated enough to be in the government but it is just to confusing. when they say your vote counts shouldn't it mean your vote counts? i think it should because in the electoral college it isn't fully true. your vote in the electoral college goes to the person with the most votes which either makes the state republican or demacratic.

11/12/2012
Irving, Texas
Ashley P
Bradley/Nimitz
Since old golden days, we have used the electoral college. Although I agree that the method of electing our president may require some revising to change the way states vote for the candidate to not be "All or Nothing," i concur with the idea that the electoral college is superior to the popular vote. Because if we used the popular vote for elections, the majority of the votes would be composed of the larger populated areas like Texas, California, Florida, and New York. The electoral college has been working fine, yet it could use some improvements to change the "all or nothing" state voting method.

11/10/2012
Ohio
Marissa H.
HMS
When I was first asked the question "Should we keep the Electoral College or get rid of it?" I personally thought we should get rid of the Electoral College. I can understand why it was used back then: because it was hard with the lack of technology and there were so many votes to count. But now that we have the technology to easily count votes, we don't need the Electoral College. Candidates for president have little slogans. Like for example one of Barack's is "Future." Some other candidates were "Your vote counts." Well with the Electoral College, that is not necessarily true. Your vote is more like a suggestion of who should be president. Then I rethought about what I had ot say and thought that maybe instead of completely getting rid of it, we should combine both ways. The all or nothing doesn’t seem very fair so I would do this by percentages. If you have a state that has four votes and twenty-five percent of those votes is for one candidate and the other seventy-five percent goes for the other candidate, then the one candidate should receive one of the four votes and the other candidate should receive three of the four votes. Any comments questions or suggestions on the way I am viewing this?

11/9/2012
Aurora/Ohio
Alex K.
Mr. Frankmann/Harmon
I can understand both arguments for the electoral college. While no, the popular vote is not truly being heard, if the voting was based on popular vote, our president would be decided by New York, California, Florida, and Texas because they are so highly populated. The solution to this, as is the solution to most large debates, is a compromise. I believe that we should keep the Electoral college, however I also think that the all or nothing system has to go. If a little less than half of a state votes one way, and a little more than half of a state votes the other, in the system we are using currently, the entire state votes one way rendering half of the state's vote to be completely worthless. I believe that Nebraska and Maine have the correct idea. If a state has 10 electoral votes, and 60% vote one way, that side gets 6 electoral votes. This makes the electoral vote closer to the popular vote, without making the four most populated states the only ones that are important. This also makes the minority's vote count, which makes the election much more fair. This will also make it so that the candidates-while still spending more attention to the more populated states-travel everywhere to campaign. If anybody has anything to add to my idea or argue with me, I would love for you to respond to this and state your opinion.

11/9/2012
Texas
Sam
AHS
We need to be careful of pure democracy. I for one don't want my fate decided by the mass of people. The mass it likely to not have the same views as me and I would rather my opinion to be heard, becasue with the power divided beteewn states more opinions are heard.

11/8/2012
Irving/Tx
Jennifer R
Bradley/Nimitz
The Electoral College doesn't allow for every persons' vote to matter. Since the electoral college is based upon the majority vote, there is still going to be a small percent of people that wouldn't get a say. If "one person, one vote" actually meant something then electoral college wouldn't be needed.

11/8/2012
Irving/Tx
Jennifer R
Bradley/Nimitz
The Electoral College doesn't allow for every persons' vote to matter. Since the electoral college is based upon the majority vote, there is still going to be a small percent of people that wouldn't get a say. If "one person, one vote" actually meant something then electoral college wouldn't be needed.

11/8/2012
Aurora, Ohio
Molly
Frankmann/Harmon Middle School
I think the electoral college isn't needed anymore and should be not used anymore. I think they should just count the number of votes and not do the electoral votes. It would probably be much easier and less confusing that way too. It should be more of a direct vote and not by state.

11/8/2012
Irving/TX
Cindy M
Bradley/Nimitz
The electoral college is a extra step that is unnecessary. It should be a more direct vote. I do not think they should trust someone to vote as in the electoral college. It should be more direct and not really popular vote per state.

11/8/2012
Derry NH
Shianne
Mr. Grenda/GHHMS
yes because its important for the kids to vote for the president and so that they don,t fell left out.

11/8/2012
new hampshiire
EmmaM
Mr.G G.H.H.M.S
I think we should keep the Electoral college. We should keep it because it makes less votes to count. If we voted by popular vote then we would have allot of votes to count.What if we miscounted the votes at least with electoral vote we don't have to count so many than with popular vote. it would just

11/8/2012
Derry New Hampshire
Dylan O
Mr.Gustavsen/Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
i think that the way that we vote now is the best way to do it because it gives all the states an equal say in the next presidental election.

11/8/2012
Derry/ New Hampshire
Hannah B.
Mr. Gustavson/ GHHMS
I think that the electors should get rid of the electoral college. I think this because when people vote for the president, they are voting for who they want to be president. If there are more popular votes for one president than the other then yeah, it is fair. But when they announce that the other president won because of the electoral college, it wouldn't be fair at all!

11/8/2012
Derry/New Hampshire
Brianna K.
Mr.G/GHHMS
I think that we should get rid of the electoral vote.I feel that they should get rid of the electoral vote because it isn't fair.It isn't fair because the people should be the ones that make the decision.I don't think that the congressmen should decide.I believe that the people should be the ones to vote.

11/8/2012
Derry, NH
Jillian L.
Mr.Gustavsen /Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
I think we should keep the electoral collage because then the candidates running for president can see which states they would want to win over. When you look at the electoral collage map there looks to be a lot more red than blue but when you look at the numbers of how many electoral votes are in each state you can see that Obama won. If we were to get rid of the electoral collage it may confuse some of the counters. The popular vote would be over a billion and would take forever to count up.

11/8/2012
Derry, NH
Chloe A.
Mr.Gustavsen/ Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
I think the US should not keep the electoral collage because we pick the president. Its unfair to people who have not submited a vote yet! Its our choice not those " High Class People's!!" We should get ride of the electorial college!!!!!!! ~Chloe A~

11/8/2012
Derry, NH
Hailey G
Mr. Gustavsen Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
I think we should keep the Electoral College so it is fair to states with a smaller population. Their are good and bad reasons to the Electoral College a bad reason is that a president can lose even if he won the popular votes. With the popular vote it would be more unfair.

11/8/2012
Derry, NH
Janessa L.
Mr. G, GHHMS
I think the electoral college shouldn't be kept because it's not fair. Every vote counts. California has a lot of electoral votes rather than New Hampshire.

11/8/2012
Derry, New Hampshire
OBAMA
MR.Gustavsen/ GHHMS
I think we shouldn 't have any electoral colege because we don't need it. Why

11/8/2012
Derry/ New Hampshire
Sean
mr. gustavsen/Gilbert H. Hood
I think we should keep election collage.one reason is it would cut down on paper. second it would help keep track of papers . finally it would be more acuter and slept right. that's why we should keep electronic collage.

11/8/2012
Derry NH
Jeremy
E Mr.G GHMMS
I think we should got rid of the electoral college because its not Fair because its not the whole state being counted.and they should hire the elction amount.

11/8/2012
Derry,NH
Alex M
Mr.G/GHHMS
I think we sould keep the electoral collage.Because it can defintely show the stats and which party. The parts are red,blue,and purple.because it shoes the 270 votes to see who is the president of the US.And see is the right men or women for the job.

11/8/2012
Derry, NH
alex, B.
Mr.Gustavsen/Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
I will say mitt romony should be president because obama had less votes than romoney. it is kind of strange how obama won by evry state in the united states. the electrol colloge should vote romney than obama. this happend during the 17 amendemt. obama got elected for prenident not romoney.

11/8/2012
Derry,NH
Yusuf B
Mr.G Ghhms
I don't think we should keep electoral college we should do popular votes because its going to be hard to do the electoral college because some people can't afford id's to vote or go anywhere and that's why I think popular votes are easy.

11/8/2012
Derry,NH
Savannah H
Mr.Gustavsen/Gilbert H. Hood Middle school
I think the electoral college she stay because if we change to the popular vote it could be all about the race of the president running. Most native americans would most likely going to vote for Barack Obama. So then Barack Obama would win. Also if a canidate wins the state depending on the population you would get a certain amount of points.

11/8/2012
Derry, NH
NICK SYLVESTER
MR.G GHHMS
the electorialshould stay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11/8/2012
Derry,NH
Savannah H
Mr.Gustavsen/Gilbert H. Hood Middle school
I think the electoral college she stay because if we change to the popular vote it could be all about the race of the president running. Most native americans would most likely going to vote for Barack Obama. So then Barack Obama would win. Also if a canidate wins the state depending on the population you would get a certain amount of points.

11/8/2012
Derry, Nh
Lani P.
Mr. G/Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
I think that we should keep the Electoral college the way it is because doing the popular vote would be more work because of having to count up all the votes.

11/8/2012
Derry, NH
Colin B.
Mr. Gustavsen/ Gilbert H. Hood MS
I think that the US should get rid of the electoral vote. It isn't fair one bit. When you think of it, if more people vote for someone, but the other candidate gets the Electoral vote then he will win. Even if they didn't get more votes. It is just common sense to elect the person who the people want more.

11/8/2012
Derry,New Hampshire
DALTON A
Mr.Gustavsen/Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
I think its good to have the electoral vote. Because people could cheat and make a different president. and its good that popular vote for govenater, senators. its important for the president to be chosen bye the electoral vote.

11/8/2012
Derry, New Hampshire
Jasmine D.
Mr. Gustavsen Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
I think we should keep the electoral vote because if we chose the president by popular vote it wouldn't be fair. On the other hand I think we should get rid of it because the electoral vote is kind of unfair also.

11/8/2012
Derry, NH
jack C.
mr . Grenda GHHMS
I think we should get rid of the electoral votes. I think this because it simply makes politics more complex than it really needs to be. The voting process should be based on popular vote not a whole state voting on only one candidate. There have been a few cases where a president has gotten more popular votes but a different president has won by the electoral votes. I think if we change to popular votes it will make voting in the United States more simple and accurate.

11/8/2012
derry, New Hampshire
Matthew D.
gHHMS/Mr. G
Don't keep the electoral collage because the person should get elected based on how many popular voted they have.

11/8/2012
Derry New Hampshire
Ciara S
M.r Gustavsen/Gilbert H. Hood
The U.S should keep the Electoral College. It's a more fair way to choose our president. Going by the real amount of votes is who should win. They do it for all the other races, soWhy shouldn't they do it for this one.

11/8/2012
Derry,NH
Courtney S.
Mr. Gustavsen/GHHMS
I think the US should change to popular vote for the president because if the republican party won 26,000,000 popular votes and 250 electoral votes and the democratic party won 25,000,500 popular votes and 295 electoral votes, then the democratic party would have won with electoral votes therefore they would take office. I believe this is unfair to the one who won the popular votes and not the electoral votes.

11/8/2012
Derry, New Hampshire
Ruthie V.
Mr.Grenda/Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
Right now in America we have the electoral College. In my own opinion, I think that it was not a good plan for our country. People want to vote with their votes being counted and their opinion to matter. If we have already selected the president and many people haven't voted, how will they feel? It is not too hard to just give people a deadline and let them vote. Popular vote will give more people a chance to vote and for it to really matter. It make people mad when the president they choose doesn't win even though they got the popular vote. That would mean probably over half of America is not happy. How would you feel if you were the president and you knew that over half of the population doesn't like you. More people would be happy with the idea of their vote being counted more important than it is now. I think it would also help president because they would be persuading more people and getting more votes since more people would be voting. In this country, not every vote is vote is not counted equally. Every vote should be equal. I believe that we should vote by popular vote instead of electoral vote.

11/8/2012
Derry, New Hampshire
Tyler D.
Mr. Gustavsen/ Gilbert H. Hood
I think that we should keep the electoral college. It has worked for this long and I don't see why we should change it now. We should keep it because that way, all of the states matter instead of having some states with multiple millions of people that would be the only ones that would truly matter. Another reason, is that if we voted by popular vote, it would take a lot longer to find out the winner of the election because you would have to add up all of the votes in the end. The electoral college has worked for America so far and it should be kept in effect.

11/8/2012
Derry, NH
Lindsay
Gilbert H Hood Middle School/Mr. Gustavsen
I think that we shouldn't keep the Electoral College. I think this because if one candidate has more votes but does not have enough Electoral Votes, then the other president will win. I also think this because if one state does not have enough population a president will not have enough votes. I also think it is not fair to the president because the president has worked so hard and when he doesn't have enough votes, he is devistated.

11/8/2012
Derry New Hampshire
Britney J.
Mr.Gustavsen/Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
I think that we should keep the electoral college. I think we should keep it because the the representatives from each state based on the president him or herself. For example the representatives are the people who make the final decision o the president for their state, based on how much the president will support our country. Overall the electoral college is a better way of voting in my opinion.

11/8/2012
derry,NH
kaleb P
Mr.Grenda/ Gilbert H. Hood
shoud the us keep the electorl college. I think we should ceap the electorl colege.I think this because it is easer to count.I also think this becas its easer.that is why I think that.

11/8/2012
Derry, Nh
ChristianS
Mr.Grenda GHHMS
I think the popular vote/Electoral College both bad. I think there could be a new and improved voting way. One that makes every person count. instead of a state population. In all I have no opion.

11/8/2012
Derry New Hampshiere
Cole P
Mr.G G.H.H.M.S
I think that the U.S should get rid of the College Electoral. They should get rid of it because popularity votes are just as equal as the Electoral College.

11/8/2012
Derry/New Hampshire
Janessa N.
Mr.G/GHHMS
I think that the U.S. should get rid of the Electoral College. I think that it doesn't let everyone have a say in the election and that it will cause people to vote less in the future. I also think that popular vote should be used because it is what most people think is right for their country instead of having a smaller number of votes. For example, in 2000 or 2004, Al Gore and George Bush were both running for president. Al Gore got won the popular vote, but George Bush won the Electoral College, because of this most Americans were angry at this.

11/8/2012
Derry, New Hampshire
Krystina F
Mr. Gustavsen/Gilbert H. Hood
I think we should keep the Electoral College. It would be fair to others because it's more fair because everyone with the most votes would get the president the country.

11/8/2012
Derry NH
Brendan F.
Mr. Grenda
I believe the electoral college is not a fair way of voting because every vote should count for the president. Its not fair because it gives bigger states an advantage over smaller states with less represenatives.

11/8/2012
Derry, NH
Courtney
Mr.Gustavsen/GHHMS
I think that the U.S should not keep the Electoral College. I think that it worked a little while ago, but now it is unfair. A positive of the Electoral College is that bigger states have bigger says. A negative however, is that not everyone has a say. For example in the article it notes that once the candidate receives 270 votes, he/she is automatically our new president. This may prevent the say of people in some states, which is wrong. Everyone deserves a say in our new president, which is why we should get rid of the Electoral College.

11/8/2012
Derry / New Hampshire
Matt G.
Mr.G / Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
I think we should have electoral college because if California all voted Obama he would way to far ahead if you do it by this way you wouldn't be so far ahead in the race. It is fair this way because there isn't millions of votes it's only like two digit or one. That is why you think you should keep Electoral collage To keep it fair. Electoral collage keeps it under 600 votes instead of millions.

11/8/2012
Derry,New Hampshire
DALTON A
Mr.Gustavsen/Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
I think its good to have the electoral vote. Because people could cheat and make a different president. and its good that popular vote for govenater, senators. its important for the president to be chosen bye the electoral vote.

11/8/2012
Derry, NH
Haley H.
Mr. Grenda/ GHHMS
I think we should not keep the Electoral College because if we dont the person we dont like might win and a lot of people picked him but beacuse for the electoral he wont win.

11/8/2012
Derry, NH
Danielle F.
Gilbert H. Hood Middle School/ Mr. G
I don't think the electoral collage should exist because it isn't fair. I think people should make their vote count to the president and not let the state decide. If you have more votes, you should win. Having the state decide isn't fair. I hope this changes soon.

11/8/2012
Derry, NH
Kiera.V
GHHMS
Get Rid Of Electoral Collage ! Because When People Vote And Someone Wins The Election And The Electoral Collage Basicly Picks The Opposite Person. So Might As Well Just Let The Electoral Collage Pick It. Cause They Probably Dont Care. And They Say Every Vote Counts..... - IM AM KIERA.V AND I APROVE THIS MESSAGE !!!

11/8/2012
Derry/ New Hampshire
Will H.
Mr.Gustavsen/GHHMS
I think the Electoral College should be gone. Cause mostly they decide what the votes are. So everyone that votes should be counted. They should see who gets more votes and that would be the winner. All people votes should count not the college.

11/8/2012
Derry, New Hampshire
Nicole D and Laina L.
Mr.Grenda/Gustavsen/GHHMS
I think that we should keep the Electoral college. I think this because popular vote sounds like who is more popular. But, having the Electoral system would have our President want to campaign more so that he/she would get the bigger more numerous Electoral states. Also, with all of the campaigning about the people running it can become clearer and they can advertise more of their beliefs and non beliefs. Finally, the people running would be able to focus on the undecided states or the states voting for the opposite party. Democratic (Obama) or Republican. (Romney) They would be able to advertise and make speeches hoping to swing peoples votes easier. The popular vote is harder because the Government will not have any clue on what state is voting for who, and for the people running it would be harder to tell if they are doing good or not so good. Also, if voted by popular vote the people running would not know which state to focus on during the running for President. This is why I think that the Electoral vote system is better than the popular vote system!

11/8/2012
Derry/ New Hampshire
Haley C.
Mr. G/GHHMS
I think we should keep the Electoral College. Because, it can definitely show the states, and which party "owns" that state, meaning, if you look at a map, it can whether it is blue, red, grey, or purple. Also, it can represent the electoral votes, if we get rid of electoral college, it might get confusing for the people in America. Plus, if we get rid of it, there will only be different ways to show the electoral votes, which other ways are there?

11/8/2012
Derry/New Hampshire
Mason Varcoe
Mr.Gustavsen/Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
I think The USA should keep the electoral because.It would be harder to do popular.It would be harder because u have to keep track of every ones vote and what would be the limit of votes u could you get that is why i think we should keep the electoral collage !)

11/8/2012
Derry New Hampshire
Laela O.
Mr.Gustavsen/Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
I think that the older tradition of using electoral college worked than but now it's kind of unfair. For all of the people that think a specific person should win should get a chance to have their vote count and to have the person that they think should win win. If popular doesn't win than the country has no freedom to do anything better.

11/8/2012
Derry, NH
Danielle F.
Mr. Gustavsen GHHMS
I think the US should not keep the electoral collage. I think its unfair that the president gets voted by the electoral collage because it makes it seem that our votes don't even count. Also its also really confusing to understand. I also think the president should be voted by the electoral collage because if you did it by popular votes then there would be lots of voting papers to count. That is how I think the president should get voted.

11/8/2012
Derry,NH
Christian
Mr.Gustavsen/Gilbert H. Hood Middle school
I think that the electoral should wait until the major states vote before the college should be allowed to vote.

11/8/2012
derry,NH
John k
mr. G/ghhms
I think that we should not keep the electoral vote. Shouldn't every ones vote count? I think we should change it to most popular vote. If are electoral vote is 4 in NH but in california is 55 we should move there.

11/8/2012
Mr. G, Derry, NH
katie
H
I think we should keep the electoral college. This is the way it's been for many, many years. Why do we have to be the ones to change it? When you vote your vote gets counted as part of the states electoral vote and after you vote it gets count up and the winner for your state is announced. If you look at in away your vote does count because all the electoral votes are added up, so really your vote does count.

11/8/2012
Derry, NH
Sigurney L
Mr. G/ GHHMS
I believe that we should not keep the electoral collage. Shouldn't every vote count? Well it should but, it doesn't right now. I believe that it is truly unfair because most candidates for president mostly spend most of their time in a couple states. I also think that it is unfair because California, for example, has way many more electoral votes than New Hampshire does. I know it's what our founding fathers gave us but Electoral votes need to go. It is unfair and everyone needs to have a say in what president we have.

11/8/2012
Derry, NH
Sigurney L
Mr. G/ GHHMS
I believe that we should not keep the electoral collage. Shouldn't every vote count? Well it should but, it doesn't right now. I believe that it is truly unfair because most candidates for president mostly spend most of their time in a couple states. I also think that it is unfair because California, for example, has way many more electoral votes than New Hampshire does. I know it's what our founding fathers gave us but Electoral votes need to go. It is unfair and everyone needs to have a say in what president we have.

11/8/2012
derry, new hampshire
megan h.
mr.Gustavsen /Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
I believe that we should not have the electoral vote, and that we should use the popular vote. I think this because it is not fair for democrats that live in a republican state or republicans that live in a democratic state because there vote really doesn't matter. Like if you are a republican that lives in california you dont even have to vote because they already know the outcome is going to be in favor of the democrat running the race. Also if someone wins popular vote, but looses electoral votes, its not fair to the candidate or the citizens of america because the majority of the people wants that popular vote presidentt to win. This is why i believe we should use popular vote and not the electoral college.

11/8/2012
Derry, New Hampshire
Tyler A
Mr.Gustaven /Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
I think we should have the popular vote then the Electoral college. Popular vote will be easy to know.But they will go to the more popular place.But I like the Electoral college vote because I think we should keep too.That is what I think we should done.

11/8/2012
Derry N.H
Camryn G.
GHHMS Mr.G
I think the USA shouldnt have electoral votes becasue I believe that every vote should count in a state. It shouldnt be like, if you have more votes than someone else then you claim that state. They should take the time to count all the votes and make sure each canadit gets there vote instead of one canadit getting sll the electoral votes in one state because they had the most votes.

11/8/2012
Derry/New Hampshire
Mason V.
Mr.Gustavsen/Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
I think The USA should keep the electoral because.It would be harder to do popular.It would be harder because u have to keep track of every ones vote and what would be the limit of votes u could you get that is why i think we should keep the electoral collage !)

11/8/2012
Derry, New Hampshire
Shane M.
Hood middle school Mr. G
I think they should keep the electoral colleges votes but I also think they should go. I think they should stay because they're an efficient way to vote. I also think they should go because they are not always the fair way to vote. If someone won the popular vote but lost the electoral vote they wouldn't feel that was fair. Its also a good way to vote by using the electoral votes because when you win the popular vote of the state you get the electoral votes for that state and instead of having to count all the popular votes together to find the winner you have to find the electoral votes.

11/8/2012
Derry, New Hampshire
Tyler A
Mr.Gustaven /Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
I think we should have the popular vote then the Electoral college. Popular vote will be easy to know.But they will go to the more popular place.But I like the Electoral college vote because I think we should keep too.That is what I think we should done.

11/8/2012
Derry, New Hampshire
Shane M.
Hood middle school Mr. G
I think they should keep the electoral colleges votes but I also think they should go. I think they should stay because they're an efficient way to vote. I also think they should go because they are not always the fair way to vote. If someone won the popular vote but lost the electoral vote they wouldn't feel that was fair. Its also a good way to vote by using the electoral votes because when you win the popular vote of the state you get the electoral votes for that state and instead of having to count all the popular votes together to find the winner you have to find the electoral votes.

11/8/2012
Derry, New Hampshire
joseph
Mr. Gustavsen/Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
I think the electoral college can have two sides too it.the electoral college keeps every thing organized but the bad side is california doesnt always get to vote . like this election obama already won before california got there votes in and technically but the west coast states cuold have diffrent voiting sides

11/8/2012
Derry, NH
Jamie H.
Mr. G, GHHMS
I think that we should vote using popular vote. For the election of 2012, FL didn't announce their final winner until after the president was decided. Therefore, all of FL's votes were not even counted! So, in that case, not every vote truly counted. Because of these reasons, I feel that popular vote is better than electoral vote.

11/8/2012
Derry nh
Patrick h
Gilbert h hood middle school
I think that we should keep the electoral votes because it shows who is the better president out of the race. For instance if we just had popular votes it would just show who most people vote for. Say if a person doesn't watch the debates and just just choices one of the people that they have heard a lot. Electoral votes really show who has done the best in best in the race. For instance i was watching the coverage and Obama had 114 and Romney had 153 but Obama spent more time into the race and won.

11/8/2012
Derry,NH
jake c
Mr.Gustavsen/Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
i think they should use popular vote because they would have a better chance of winning.if they got more of a chance we could get more people to run for presedent.if more people run mabye we could get more people to vote.if more people vote more people will run for more of a chance to win the election

11/8/2012
Derry/New Hampshire
Amy G.
Mr. Gustavsen/Gilbert H. Hood
What use does the Electoral College have? It was useful in the olden days back when we didn't have internet or too many tvs. Now a days though, we can easily get the word out about elections and keep track off votes so popular vote can work now. Popular vote is more accurate and electoral college is easier. Now that we actually can do popular vote, we need to switch. Every vote counts... that is with popular vote. The electoral college eliminates the value of votes. DOWN WITH ELECTORAL COLLEGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11/8/2012
Derry, Nh
Dusty A
Mr. G/Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
I think popular vote should win the election because Electoral College is unfair. What if one of the people that are running for president gets the popular vote but doesn't win the Electoral College, then the other president would win. Also some of the states have more electoral votes then others. I don't think its fair that California gets 54 or 55 electoral votes while New Hampshire only gets 4 votes. They should change the election to popular vote instead of Electoral College.

11/8/2012
Derry,NH
jake c
Mr.Gustavsen/Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
i think they should use popular vote because they would have a better chance of winning.if they got more of a chance we could get more people to run for presedent.if more people run mabye we could get more people to vote.if more people vote more people will run for more of a chance to win the election

11/8/2012
Derry, Nh
Dusty A
Mr. G/Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
I think popular vote should win the election because Electoral College is unfair. What if one of the people that are running for president gets the popular vote but doesn't win the Electoral College, then the other president would win. Also some of the states have more electoral votes then others. I don't think its fair that California gets 54 or 55 electoral votes while New Hampshire only gets 4 votes. They should change the election to popular vote instead of Electoral College.

11/8/2012
Derry/nh
Trajen
Mr.Gustavsen/GHHMS
i think the U.S. should keep the electoral college because. the popular vote could be more about their raise. Another reason why they should is the electoral votes get sent in faster then popular. The popular vote is like school if you like that person you vote for them and the electoral vote is if you win a state you get a certain amount of points. So the electoral vote should stay in the U.S. to keep their election fair.

11/8/2012
derry NH
joshua m
Mr g
I think we should keep the electoral college cause it really helps the race for president. And it really matter for any position in goverment.If we had no electoral it would the race for president so unpredictble for was gong to win. And the president would have to win from popular vote. instead of electoral votes.

11/8/2012
Derry NH
Andrew
MrG
I don't think they should keep the electoral college because it would be easier to determine who is elected president by popular vote.

11/8/2012
Derry/New Hampshire
Hailey D.
Mr. Gustavsen/Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
In my opinion the president should be able to be chosen be popular votes because some people are forced to vote for one person and what if they don't want to. They should also be able to pick the president that might be more popular to the town or state that they are in. If the people who are running for the president get more than 270 for both of them them they would be able to choose who is the president be popularity.

11/8/2012
/New Hampshire
Joe L
Mr.Gustavsen/Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
in my opinion the president should be elected equally all the members should have the right to vote anbd have an opinion they should listen to each representative and vote not on popularity but who they think the435 members of the hous of reps should vot equally and most of the votes should not have to get 270 to win they should need more that is my opinion

11/8/2012
Derry, NH
Nathan P
Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
I think that the winner of the election should have been picked, by popular vote because THEN we'd all know the winner. It wouldn't be fair, if it was done by electoral vote, especially to people like me, because "Popular" Vote means the MOST votes.

11/8/2012
Derry, NH
Briella H.
Gilbert H. Hood Middle School Mr.Gustavsen
electoral college voting. I feel as if the electoral voting isn't necessary. Why would we have one president loose with more votes, though the other candidate can win based on the electoral votes? Popularity voting isn't just simple but it is logical. The more people that want a candidate that candidate should be elected for president. The majority wins. Our home is developing. We WANT it to be better. So lets make some changes on our voting options. It is plain and simple. Lets do this the right way and vote Popularity!

11/8/2012
Derry, New Hampshire
Destinee K
Mr.Gustavsen/ GHHMS
I think that we should get rid of the Electoral College. I think this because if I vote for Obama but the majority of the state votes for Romney then my vote doesn't even count! Like totally not fair. Yup, this is why I think that we should get rid of the Electoral College! The end

11/8/2012
Derry, NH
Elisabeth T
Mr. G
I think that the U.S. should get rid of the Electoral College. I think this because with the Electoral College a lot of peoples votes don't count.I think that the Electoral College is unfair. I think this because if I vote for Obama for say than my state ends up voting for Romney my vote didn't support my opinion in any way. I believe that the Electoral College is unfair all the people who vote. We should decide the president by popular vote so that every vote actually does count.

11/8/2012
Derry, New Hampshire
Lane F
Mr. Gustavsen/Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
I think that we should get ride of the electoral vote because,Personally would want my vote to truly count and so would a lot of Americans .The electoral vote is old (About 200years.) and complicated if when went by the popular vote are vote would truly count,we would elect who we really want and need,and that we would create a new simpler and efficient way to vote.These are My reasons the reasons why i think we should get ride of the electoral vote!

11/8/2012
Derry, NH
Tyler
Gustavson/Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
Should the u.s. keep the electoral college? I vote no! I think that if we decide by popular vote the people will think there vote counts. There would also be less crime in cities and towns in the u.s.! Lastly the people would have trust in there president. If we get rid of the electoral college votes the election would be so much better!

11/8/2012
Derry, NH
Julia B.
Mr. Gustavsen/ Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
I think that it would most fair for us to be able to elect out president by popular vote. The Electoral College method is rather clever but I think that this way would be better. The government asks US to vote for our leader. It makes sense. But the thing is, they don't even elect the president WE vote for. They don't count up all of our votes to decide who wins. They have this system based on our population by state?!?!? If they want US to vote for OUR president, they should make every vote count and elect him/her by POPULAR VOTE! :-)

11/8/2012
Derry, NH
Rose T.
Gilbert H. Hood Middle School
Yes, I think U.S. should keep the Electoral Collage. It would be easier to count all our votes. U.S.A has many people in it. it would be easier than having a few people count ALL our votes. It would be more accurate.

11/8/2012
derry,New Hampshire
Ryan k
mr.GRENDA GHHMS
i t