Electoral College Paper

2039 Words Dec 8th, 2012 9 Pages
Christian Llerena
BUS 200
Dr. Lasher
3/19/12

The Electoral College is defined as “a body of electors chosen by the voters of each state to elect the President and Vice President of the United States”. The Electoral College system has been a staple in the United States since the ratification of The Constitution, however there is much debate on whether it should remain or be done away with completely. In this essay, I will give a brief history on the Electoral College, how it works, and why it was created in the first place. Despite the shortcomings and limitations of the Electoral College I believe that it should not be abolished because it contributes to the cohesiveness of the country, it maintains a federal system of government,
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Senate selects the vice president from the top two contenders with each state getting only one vote. The candidate with the absolute majority of votes is elected vice president (National Atlas, 2011).
In addition, it is important to understand not only how the Electoral College works, but how why it was even created. The Electoral College was created by the founding fathers in March of 1784 when it was included in Article II, Section I of the U.S. Constitution. The Electoral College was created for two reasons: First, the founding fathers were afraid of direct election (by the people) to the presidency because they feared that a tyrant could manipulate public opinion and come to power. This fear is illustrated most notably in the Federalist Papers, when Alexander Hamilton wrote:
“...the immediate election should be made by men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice. A small number of persons, selected by their fellow-citizens from the general mass, will be most likely to possess the information and discernment requisite to such complicated investigations. It was also peculiarly desirable to afford as little opportunity as possible to tumult and disorder” (Hamilton, 1788).
It is clear that Hamilton, as well

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