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Abolishing the Electoral College May Not Save Us

Abolishing the Electoral College May Not Save Us

The basis for how we elect the President and Vice President of our country, the Electoral College awards delegates by almost each state on a winner-take-all system. Abolishing the Electoral College outright would require a constitutional amendment, an unlikely political feat in the current environment, but there is another way. If states representing a majority of the Electoral College votes sign onto The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact and agree to allocate their votes to whoever wins the national popular vote, not just their state, the College would essentially be nullified. As of July 2020, jurisdictions representing 196 electoral votes have signed on, 74 below the needed threshold. New Rules, Same Apathy: Turnout might stay the sameIt seems obvious that a national popular vote would increase voter turnout.

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