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Abolishing the Electoral College

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AFF., Prime Minister Constructive J Hudson and Holden Scyster CMST 2063 Class 14 & 23 March 18, 2009 Resolution of Debate: The U.S. Government should abolish the Electoral College. Introduction I. Attention getter: In the 2000 Presidential election, over 500,000 of American citizens' votes did not count towards the election because we currently have an electoral college ("Presidential" par. 1). II. State Resolution: We have resolved that the U.S. Government abolish the Electoral College. Abolish meaning to do away with the Electoral College process as it currently stands, and we define the Electoral College as the number of electors per state that formally chose the President and Vice President of the United States. III. Thesis - We will affirm this resolution, and we will win this debate because our plan is the most beneficial, democratic way of voting for the United States President and Vice-President. Therefore, as our voting audience today, ask yourself what plan is the most democratic way for the American citizen to vote for these two positions. ...read more.


2. This process favors small states. Many large states are not given the amount of electoral votes than they should. According the Learn NC, University of North Carolina's Education Website, Wyoming is allowed 3 electoral votes, but California, that has 70 times Wyoming's population, only has 55 votes (Walbert par. 26). So, if you do the math with these two states, for this to be a fair process, California should have to have more than 200 electoral votes. C. The electoral vote is an all or nothing process, which wastes a person's vote, time, and efforts. 1. In 2000, Al Gore received 49.0002% of the Florida's popular vote, and George W. Bush received 49.0008% of the Florida's popular votes; however, all 25 Electoral votes went to Bush because he won by a .0006% margin ("Presidential" par. 1). This means that because of 500 votes, 3,000,000 Floridian citizens' votes were disregarded. Transition statement: Instead of actively disenfranchising the votes of millions of Americans, we should embrace these votes, and allow these to be counted for the Presidential Race. II. ...read more.


Essentially, with our plan, everyone's vote does count towards the two highest officials of the country. B. Each person's vote will count equally. 1. Everyone's individual vote will equal one vote for the President and Vice-President of the United States. No more Electoral College Vote per resident ratios, that we found to be faulty anyway, each state's citizens vote will count equally to all other forty-nine states citizens. 2. The President and Vice President will no longer be selected by 538 votes, it will be chosen by the millions of American voters that took time out of their day for their vote to count. As Mark Kettle from the Washington Post that was published December 22, 2008, in the 2000 Election it was like "total number of people who voted in the state of Idaho" didn't get to vote (Kettle par. 5). Today, we have presented why this plan is the most beneficial and democratic way for people to cast thier ballot for President and Vice President. Therefore, on the team that will win this debate, I am proud to ask for the popular vote of this class. ...read more.

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