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Should Americans eliminate the Electoral College and elect their presidents through simple majority vote?

Given that some presidents have won without persuading the majority of Americans, and the huge deal of money spent only on swing states I ask myself that question

I have always thought that it is unfair that republicans in California or Democrats in Texas are not taken into account just because people around them think differently.

Time for change?

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  • Oct 24 2012: If the electoral college system was not used to select our President, every election we have from now on would be determined completely by the Atlantic coast and California. Every state between New York and California would have absolutely no voice in the selection and their votes would be futile.
    • Oct 24 2012: I think its not about states having a voice, its about individuals having a voice.
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        Oct 24 2012: Nope it is about the states.
        • Oct 24 2012: It is currently about the states. But it shouldn't be is what everyone is trying to say.
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        Oct 24 2012: And I'm trying to say is should be the way it is along with the repeal of the 17th amendment, of course as usual I'm talking to myself...
        • Oct 27 2012: So you're saying we should keep institutionalised racism in the constitution?

          "There was one difficulty however of a serious nature attending an immediate choice by the people. The right of suffrage was much more diffusive in the Northern than the Southern States; and the latter could have no influence in the election on the score of Negroes. The substitution of electors obviated this difficulty and seemed on the whole to be liable to the fewest objections." - Records of the Federal Convention, p. 57 Farrand's Records, Volume 2, A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774 - 1875, Library of Congress
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        Oct 27 2012: According to the paragraph you cut and paste the E.C. was necessary to allow the black man to be represented. One of us doesn't understand it.

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