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Can anyone genuinely make a case for such an archaic and unfair system of electing the executive of the USA?
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Sorry you've not had any responses about this. Are you sure you’ve posted in the right place? Posting in the specific Study Help forum should help get responses.

I'm going to quote in She-Ra now so she can move your thread to the right place if it's needed. :yy:

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Can anyone genuinely make a case for such an archaic and unfair system of electing the executive of the USA?
Which exam is this for?
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Main reason is "if it ain't broke don't fix it". Although 2000 (When Gore won the popular vote but lost to Bush via Electoral College votes) was a significant issue it was a rarity, the previous similar election being in 1888 (Cleveland won the popular vote narrowly but lost to Harrison via Electoral College votes).
Due to its position there is no impetus to change due to it being a long held tradition in US politics.
Add to this that it would require a Constitutional Amendment which means it would need even more public support (that's just not there) to get even anywhere near being replaced.
Besides what would you replace it with, bearing in mind any kind of direct democracy (ie voting for the President or a National Party) interferes with the Federal structure of the US.

So yeah, not exactly a positive argument in favour of it but that's the reason it has stuck around
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the only things i can say are that a) it preserves the voice of small states who otherwise would not have a say (regardless of disproportionate influence and distribution of ECVs - like if california was awarded the same number of ECVs in the same ratio as wyoming, it'd have 200)
b) it produces a stronger candidate with an absolute majority, which a proportional system wouldn't do, increasing the likelihood of house of reps/senate having to choose pres/VP, always dangerous in case different parties control each house
c) the rogue electors argument is always nullified by the fact they've never determined the result of the election

so basically, the electoral college is a piece of crap, and the only arguments in favour of it are the weak counterarguments as to why it should just go go go :P (hope i helped at least a little!)
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If you are doing the F853 paper, do you know what the 'A' question was last year? And any guess as to what the A question will be this year?
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If you are doing the F853 paper, do you know what the 'A' question was last year? And any guess as to what the A question will be this year?
As in the source question? Last year it was on stages of a bill and reasons why they fail. Not sure about what could come up this year though - could literally be anything
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I hope its not elections, the only topic i havent properly revised cause its rubbish, or supreme court. The only topic they havent asked since 2010 is rights and liberties and thus my teacher thinks itll be rights and liberties -.-
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