Could the Electoral College Really be Abolished?

The hot topic amongst Democrats running for president is the elimination of the Electoral College, and the idea has the backing of a Texas professor considered the nation's expert, Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.

"We have vast rural areas in Texas, but when we vote to governor, senator or any other statewide office, every vote counts the same," Texas A&M Professor George Edwards says.

On the campaign trail Beto O'Rourke said there's "a lot of wisdom to" the idea of abolishing the Electoral College. He pointed to the fact that in 2016, "the loser got three million more votes than the victor" and the system puts "some states out of play altogether."

On the social media site Instagram, Julian Castro expressed a similar opinion, arguing that every person should count in this country.

"If we truly want to stand by the principle of one person, one vote, we should eliminate the Electoral College and empower every American voter," he said.

The argument for the Electoral College is that it protects rural parts of the country. There is concern that, without it, candidates would only campaign in large urban areas, where they get the most bang for their buck. And some worry that only regional candidates would run for office, leaving rural areas without representation.

Prof. Edwards, author of Why the Electoral College Is Bad for America, says the candidates are already ignoring rural areas.

"Did anybody go to Oklahoma? No. They didn’t show up the entire election campaign we just had, and that includes President Donald Trump."

And he says rural states are protected in the Senate. Every state gets two senators, no matter the size.

Changing the Electoral College, he says, would need a constitutional challenge, and that's impossible. But if states banded together, he says it has a shot.


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