I can understand that Al Gore would want to get rid of the electoral college that determines who wins the presidency every four years, especially considering he won the popular vote and yet lost the electoral vote. However, there is a good reason for the electoral college, and I think it should stand.
According to Mario Trajillo Gore originally decided the system was good and it should stay, yet now Gore has changed his mind. He basically said it's not fair the election is decided in the dozen or so battle ground states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. The other states are pretty much written off.
He said: “I’ve seen how these states are written off and ignored, and people are effectively disenfranchised in the presidential race. And I really do now think it is time to change that,”
I think he does have a good point. However, the system was devised by the founding fathers as a means of getting the smaller states to sign the constitution. The smaller states, such as Rhode Island, have less people, and this was a means of making their state as important as the larger states in a presidential election.
And this makes sense too. Lacking an electoral college, a presidential candidate could simply campaign in the most highly populated areas of the United States, such as New York and California, while ignoring the rest of the nation. The electoral college forces candidates to consider smaller states as equals to larger states, because he or she will need the delegates from more than just one state.
The republican platform, according to Trajillo, essentially supports the current system. It reads: "We oppose the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact or any other scheme to abolish or distort the procedures of the Electoral College. We recognize that an unconstitutional effort to impose 'national popular vote” would be a mortal threat to our federal system and a guarantee of corruption as every ballot box in every state would become a chance to steal the presidency.”
To change the way a president is elected would take an Amendment. Or, each state could pass laws giving their delegates to the person who wins the popular vote, and such bills have already passed nine states, according to Trajillo. Such laws would need to be passed