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Why the Electoral College Exists | Nat Geo Explores ctm magazine

Every four years, people head to the polls to vote for the next President of the United States. However, the popular vote doesn’t directly elect any candidate. Instead, citizens are voting for a slate of electors, who have promised to cast their states’ votes after the election. Today, the Electoral College system is very controversial, leading many people to ask: why does it exist at all? That answer lies in the history of the Constitution and how its creators originally believed America’s brand-new government should run and how its leader should be elected. As it turns out, the Electoral College was just as contentious in 1787 as it is today.
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  • National Geographic on October 21, 2020

    Today, the Electoral College system is very controversial, leading many people to question why it exists at all. What's one thing you learned from this video?

  • Shannon Mackenzie on October 31, 2020

    I still don’t understand 🤷🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️

  • sdozer1990 on November 1, 2020

    I'm less concerned about the electoral college and more concerned with that our politics today is 7 blue wolves, 5 red wolves, 1 green sheep and 1 yellow sheep deciding on what to eat for dinner.

  • Dixon Barro on November 2, 2020

    Popular vote is more prone to vote buying, take for example here in the Philippines

  • Damon Guinn on November 4, 2020

    It's flawed? Each state should have 1.

  • Andrew Stupak on November 5, 2020

    They just said, this that and the other thing, "and now we have the winner-take-all electoral college system"

  • Sean Reynolds on November 9, 2020

    maybe this idea makes too much sense but if 15million ppl vote republican and 10 million ppl in that same state vote democrat, why not split the electoral votes accordingly like give 20 votes for republican and 16 for the dems if that state is allocated 36 electoral votes in total?? Its really frustrating for us citizens to vote ,then find out that we have wasted our time because our vote more or less is erased when the other party takes all the state points which is how it works now.

  • eric kruse on November 14, 2020

    A rare video providing an objective view of the electoral college. Nice.

  • John Brown on November 15, 2020

    I seriously doubt the nation would survive a century without the electoral college and here’s why.

    With the electoral college it’s not about getting the most votes but getting the most votes in the most states meaning Presidential candidates, and therefore political parties, can’t just cater to certain groups or regions but have to campaign nationwide.

    Without it candidates don’t have to campaign nationally and can instead focus on regions where they have tons of support. Democrats will then just campaign in New England and the West Coast whole ignoring the rest of the country and Republicans will just focus on the South while ignoring the rest of the country’s views and needs.

    This system will inevitably force political parties to just focus on winning elections regionally rather than nationally. They will instead focus on their regions a power base and what they want and desire and not care about anyone else. This system will inevitably create regional cracks in our nations as people start to identify more with their region more than the nation as a whole

    Inevitably, given enough decades, America would break up along these regional lines and ceased to exist. The electoral college forced parties to care about the whole nation and not just regions. Getting rid of it will allow political parties to win elections by focusing on certain regions and ignoring other sand a system like that is j out sustainable which is why the founders didn’t implement it

    This is why I serially doubt the nations would survive a single century without the electoral college

  • Peter Gibson on November 23, 2020

    In 1945 America wrote very good new modern constitutions for Germany and Japan.
    "Doctor heal thyself". The American "Electoral College" is not democratic.
    Write yourself a new modern constitution America.
    Otherwise this attempted "Coup d'etat" by the Donald Trump Mob will not be the first.

  • Landon Carter on December 28, 2020

    I think this is an overly simplistic look at the electoral college. I don't claim to know everything about it, but I think the founders were attempting to balance the influence of the states with the influence of individuals, so that the most populous states didn't dominate quite as much (although they still dominate). It seems like the influence of the individual states was important to the founders, in my opinion.

  • The Vinny Demme Portfolio on January 3, 2021

    Aha… Lin makes an appearance

  • IU on January 24, 2021

    This is nonsense. SLAVERY is the real reason why the electoral college was adapted. And it has remained in place because of bigotry and racism, and it has nothing to do with democracy.

  • juice8225 on February 9, 2021

    Here's an idea. Electoral college by county not state. Get more granular.

  • Beckett Albright on February 12, 2021

    Wow funny how almost all of this is inaccurate

  • Ejas Mohamed on February 14, 2021

    Democracy : power is held by the majority
    Republic : power is held by people and their elected representatives.

  • mike peine on February 15, 2021

    invented as a criminal scam in 500bc athens . the romans used it too . elbridge gerry copied it then started gerrymandering . read hamiltons #68 ? it affords the moral certainty that no one that doesn't meet their standards can ever take office !

  • mike peine on March 20, 2021

    the e.c. was invented as a criminal scam in 500bc athens . you vote in secret … without receipt … and trust they don't rig the numbers . hamilton wrote the e.c. affords the moral certainty that no one that doesn't meet their standards is ever president . 14/3 forbids oath takers , yet 50+ unconstitutional electors voted in 2017 = treason . allowing the clinton's to vote as electors violated 14/3 = treason ! elbridge gerry copied the scam from greek history then started gerrymandering .

  • Keshav on June 10, 2021

    People today are even more ignorant in politics, than in 18th century.

  • MJ TV on September 14, 2021

    is he the voice of TED?

  • Haunted Astolfo Beantown Plushie on December 19, 2021

    The Electoral College exists to make liberals butthurt

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