Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentElections · 1 month ago

Why do we have a Senate when it's even more undemocratic than the electoral college?

In the electoral college a single vote in Wyoming is worth slightly more than a single vote in California but in the Senate tiny insignificant Wyoming has EQUAL power to California?!

How can we allow this undemocratic system to persist? Forget abolishing the electoral college (for now) we must abolish the Senate because it's far less fair and needs to go!

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    It was a compromise in the Constitution.  Some people today act as if ensuring equal representation of states was some kind of important principle to the founders, but it wasn't.  Most of them felt that having states with equal voting power regardless of size as unfair.  But they needed to keep the union together.  Small states, those with less population, were worried that their voices would be drowned out by larger population states if representation in Congress were awarded based solely on population.  They intimated that they might not agree to the Constitution, and perhaps even leave the US, if they were forced to abide by such rules.  So to placate them, the founding fathers agreed to create the Senate based on equal representation between the states, regardless of population.  As I said, many saw it as not ideal in the abstract.  But they needed to compromise to keep the country together.  Over time the disparity between the states has only grown.  In 1788 I think there was something like a 14 to 1 disparity between the largest and smallest state.  Now that's grown to about 70 to 1 disparity between California and Wyoming. 

  • Clive
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Because the USA is federal.  The Senate represents the states equally (and until 1913 was elected by the states, not the people), while the House of Representatives represents the people equally.

    It is perfectly democratic in the way it was DESIGNED to work.  And it is there because the original small colonies refused to agree to the constitution if it wasn't done.

  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Every single thing in our Constitution that some see as "unequal" was put there to convince the smaller colonies to join the cause of a creating a nation. You can lobby to change that of course. But your question was 'why does it exist'. Same goes for the Electoral College. 

  • Jeff D
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    It's called Federalism.  You should have stayed awake in Civics class.

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  • 1 month ago

    Because that was what was decided in 1787.  (Not that Wyoming and California would have equal power, they weren't states yet; I just mean the decision that all states would be equal in the Senate.)

  • 1 month ago

    Have you heard of congress it is made up of people that represent each state according to the population of each state so California would have many more congressmen and or women than Wyoming.

  • 1 month ago

    Troll fail.                           

  • 1 month ago

    It's not undemocratic at all. Each of the 50 states has 2 senators, and all are treated equally. Seems perfectly democratic to me.

    Now you might not like that each state is equal, and would prefer the tyranny of the larger states ruling, but that would be very undemocratic.

  • 1 month ago

    Read our Constitution.  It is all clearly outlined.  No changes are needed and none will be made..  

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