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Persuasive Speech : The Electoral College

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Persuasive Speech Outline
General Purpose: The general Purpose of my speech is to persuade
Specific Purpose: The specific purpose of my speech is to persuade the audience to agree that the Electoral College should be abolished.
Thesis: The Electoral College is unfair and should be abolished because of the “winner takes all rule,” the chance that a president cannot have the support of the majority of the voters, and candidates would campaign equally in every state.

I. Introduction
a. Hello everybody, today I am going to talk about a topic that could change the course of American History forever.
b. The Electoral College is the process in which electors vote for the president of the United States.
i. There are 538 electors between all 50
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This will ultimately lead to a larger voter turnout across the nation, specifically in traditionally conservative or liberal states.
III. Body Paragraph 2
a. Along with the “winner takes all” rule, the electoral should be abolished when deciding the president of the United States because of the chance that the president can win the election without the support of the majority of voters.
b. Although this is rare, it has happened. In the year 2000, republican George W. Bush beat his democratic opponent Al Gore in the Electoral College with 271 electoral votes to Gore’s 266 votes.
i. However Al gore beat Bush in the popular vote by receiving almost 700,000 more votes.
1. I got this information off of Dave Leip 's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections on USelectionatlas.com ii. This phenomenon also occurred in the most recent 2016 election between the republican’s Donald Trump and the democrat’s Hillary Clinton.
1. This election however wasn’t as close as the 2000 election. Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by a drastic margin in the Electoral College with 306 votes to Hillary’s 232.
2. Even though Donald Trump had almost 15 percent more electors than her, Clinton beat Trump in the popular vote by around 2.5 million voters.
a. This information was also found on USelectionatlas.com
3. This means that over half of the nation is
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