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April 2017 NSDA Public Forum: Electoral College

April 2017 NSDA Public Forum: Electoral College

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Big Sky Debate is pleased to release its April 2017 NSDA Public Forum resources on the electoral college!

The resolution, released by the National Speech and Debate Association on March 1, 2017, is:

Resolved: Resolved: The United States ought to replace the Electoral College with a direct national popular vote.

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Electoral College Index

PRO

  • REFORM UNLIKELY
  • CONFLICTING POPULAR VOTE AND ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTE INCREASINGLY LIKELY
  • MUST ACT NOW
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE BAD: ANTIQUATED
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE BAD: CREATED IN PART TO PROTECT SLAVERY. SLAVERY!!!!
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE BAD: ANTI-DEMOCRATIC
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE BAD: WINNER TAKE ALL DECREASES CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE BAD: WINNER TAKE ALL DECREASES SUBSTANTIVE POLICY DISCUSSIONS
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE BAD: WINNER TAKE ALL INCREASES INFLUENCE OF OUTSIDE MONEY
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE BAD: EVEN FOUNDERS WERE SKEPTICAL
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE BAD: AMERICAN PEOPLE DISLIKE
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE BAD: PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION SHOULD WORK LIKE ANY OTHER ELECTION
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE BAD: STATES HAVE NEVER AGREED ON A UNIVERSAL APPROACH FOR PICKING ELECTORS
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE BAD: CREATES CONDITIONS OF THAT IGNORE THE POPULAR VOTE IN RESULTS
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE BAD: UNFAIRLY INCREASES POWER OF BATTLEGROUND STATES
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE BAD: UNFAIRLY INCREASES POWER OF RURAL STATES
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE BAD: BATTLEGROUND STATES PHENOMENON SUPPRESSES VOTER TURNOUT
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE BAD: IGNORES THE WILL OF THE VOTERS
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE BAD: HISTORY PROVES ELECTORAL COLLEGE IS NOT REFLECTIVE OF POPULAR WILL
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE BAD: HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FAILSAFE IS BAD
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE BAD: HURTS THIRD PARTIES
  • NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE PLAN DESCRIBED
  • NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE PLAN: POPULAR AND GAINING SUPPORT
  • NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE PLAN: IMPORTANT TO CREATE INCENTIVES FOR STATES TO REFORM 
  • NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE GOOD: SUPPORTED BY AMERICANS
  • NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE GOOD: FORCES CANDIDATES TO CAMPAIGN NATIONWIDE
  • NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE GOOD: DECREASES FRAUD
  • NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE GOOD: WOULD INCREASE SUBSTANTIVE POLICY DISCUSSIONS
  • NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE GOOD: DECREASES INFLUENCE OF BIG DONORS IN POLICY DISCUSSIONS
  • NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE GOOD: FORCES PARTIES TO CRAFT A MIDDLE-GROUND AGENDA
  • A/T: NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE CREATES THIRD-PARTY SHENANIGANS

A/T: SHOULD PREFER THE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT SCHEME
A/T: SHOULD PREFER A PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION PLAN
A/T: ELECTORAL COLLEGE IS CONSTITUTIONAL
A/T: ELECTORS MEANT TO BE WISE SAGES AMONG US!
A/T: FAITHLESS ELECTORS CHECK POWER
A/T: FOUNDER WANTED IT!
CON

  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE GOOD: FOUNDERS VERY MUCH SUPPORTED THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE GOOD: ELECTORAL COLLEGE IS CLEARLY CONSTITUTIONAL
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE GOOD: SUPREME COURT HAS UPHELD THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE GOOD: CIRCUIT COURTS HAVE UPHELD THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE GOOD: PROTECTS AGAINST FOREIGN INFLUENCE ON ELECTIONS
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE GOOD: PROVIDES CHECK AGAINST FEDERAL POWER
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE GOOD: PROVIDES PROTECTION AGAINST ELECTION OF A TYRANT
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE GOOD: PROVIDES FINALITY TO THE ELECTION PROCESS
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE GOOD: PROVIDES CALMNESS TO THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE GOOD: HELPS SMALL STATES HAVE A SAY IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS
  • ELECTORAL COLLEGE GOOD: MAP IS FLUID
  • FOUNDERS NEVER INTENDED DEMOCRACY!
  • WINNER TAKE ALL GOOD: THE STATES HAVE DECIDED THAT IS THE CASE, NOT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
  • NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE PLAN BAD: HURTS VOTERS THAT ACTUALLY VOTED FOR THE WINNER IN THEIR STATE
  • NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE PLAN BAD: CREATES DISCONTENT THE FIRST TIME IT “WORKS”
  • POPULAR VOTE BAD: TRADES PROBLEMS
  • POPULAR VOTE BAD: INCREASES POWER OF SPECIAL INTERESTS
  • POPULAR VOTE BAD: INCREASES LIKELIHOOD OF RECOUNT NIGHTMARES
  • POPULAR VOTE BAD: INCREASES THE IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY 67
  • POPULAR VOTE BAD: NEVER SERIOUSLY CONSIDERED BY THE FOUNDERS
  • POPULAR VOTE BAD: WOULD MAKE ELECTIONS FOCUS ON THE POPULATED, COASTAL AREAS
  • POPULAR VOTE BAD: INCREASES FEDERAL CONTROL OF ELECTIONS
  • POPULAR VOTE BAD: INCREASES VOTER FRAUD
  • ALTERNATIVE: CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT REFORMS FOR THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE
  • ALTERNATIVE: PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION SCHEME

 

 


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