Argumentative Essay On The Electoral College

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The 2016 presidential election will go down in history as one of the most controversial elections in American history. During the campaigning our lives revolved around news jam-packed with predictions and contentious headlines about both the Republican and Democratic candidates. Most of us were fed up and could not wait until November 8th when the incessant character assignations would finally come to an end. All the while many of us had high hopes for the future mixed with the fear that polls are not always accurate and dreams do not always come true.

Finally, on November 8th, the presidential race entered its final lap and it was obvious that the Democratic candidate was trailing in the numbers. Late in the evening the numbers flashing
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Each person had the opportunity to cast a vote in the 2016 presidential election. They ranged in age from thirty-five to seventy-three and they all voted for the Democratic candidate. Seventy-five percent stated that the Electoral College was made up of a group of people chosen by each state to vote for the popular candidate. While the remaining twenty-five percent admitted that although they knew their vote did not directly elect the winner in a presidential race they did not understand how the Electoral College decided the final results. Out of the seventy-five percent seven people do not remember ever learning about the Electoral College in school and how it got started. The remaining eight people guessed the Electoral College was created during our country’s first …show more content…
On the other hand, Edwards (2004) makes a good point when he suggests that direct voting has the possibilities of eliminating problems and truly representing the people. There have been several near misses in our history. In 1800, 1824, 1876, and 2000 the Electoral College failed to elect a president and vice president and the decision was left to Congress or the House of Representatives. The election in 1824 was the first election where the candidate that received the greatest popular vote failed to win because the electoral votes were so divided. So, citing the 12th Amendment; enacted because of the 1800 election, the president was chosen by the House. Those small hiccups have not swayed the proponents of the Electoral College simply because according to many the Electoral College still remains democratic. Whether you are of the belief that we need a minor change in the Electoral College or a complete elimination of the process, many agree that the Electoral College states are not equally represented and large states have the

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