Electoral College Is Unfair

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Mata 1
Michael Mata
Kline
Period 4
7 April, 2017
The Unfair System of Voting
The Electoral College is the system of voting that the United States of America uses to elect its President. The Electoral College is also used to elect the Vice President of the United States of America. Every four years in America the time comes when its citizens cast in their votes for who they want as their future President. But the Electoral College does not depend on the popular vote, it depends on the votes of officials in each state. The Electoral College is unfair as it overrules the popular vote, which may lead to unjust decisions. The Electoral College was made on September 6, 1787 and it is specifically made for the early years of the United States
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Then once all the votes were counted up the candidate with the most votes was granted President of the United States while the candidate that got second place was granted Vice President of the United States. In the beginning of this system a free state with the same or similar population as a slave state got fewer electoral votes. For thirty two of the Constitution’s first years, a white slaveholder was the President of the United States benefiting slave states. Plus, any state that enfranchised women their votes for presidency were doubled its clout. Akhil Reed Amar, from the New York Times, claims that the popular vote should be the way America chooses its President. “Direct election would resonate far better with the American value of one person, one vote. Indeed, the college was designed at the founding of the country to help one group-- white Southern males--” (Amar 1). For the second design of the Electoral College there were some changes made to construct more stability and decimate mistakes of the system. To prevent ties made in the presidential election, the Electoral College was made probable, if not inevitable, by the rise of political parties. A twelfth amendment was added to the Constitution to require all the electoral voters to cast one vote for the President and one separate vote for the Vice President each. Finally the idea of electing the president by direct popular vote was not promoted as an alternative solution. The author of the article talks about the origin and history of the Electoral College: Since the 12th Amendment, there have been several federal and state statutory changes which have affected both the time and manner of choosing Presidential Electors but which have not further altered the fundamental workings of the Electoral College.

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