Life Outside a Battleground State

The Electoral College has been a point of contention for many years, and residents in the few remaining battleground states greatly benefit from living in these places during the presidential campaign season (Liptak). Interestingly, the number of battleground states has sharply fallen over time due to “‘the recent tendency of like-minded people to live near one another’” according to Bill Bishop (as cited in Liptak). No matter the reason for this change in demographics, individuals who live in one of these states “are listened to more attentively… and their concerns are more likely to influence policy and spending.” (Liptak)

All Americans, regardless of something so trivial as place of residence, should be equally listened to, and it is a shame that people from a few select states receive such favorable treatment. Sadly, individuals who are less fortunate and do not live in a battleground state suffer more than those from the middle class as a study by Gimpel et. al showed “the impact of residing in an uncontested state is highly detrimental to the participation of the less educated, low income, and the non-ideological” (792). Life in one of the few battleground states benefits those from various backgrounds, yet the disadvantages for those in non-battleground states, particularly those who are underprivileged, is disconcerting for an America that prides itself on its “liberty and justice for all.” (ushistory.org)

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