The Current System Of The Electoral College Essay

1166 Words Nov 6th, 2016 5 Pages
The United States of America is built on a government with principles based on the consent of the people. Because of this, citizens have the right to vote for their mayors, governors, judges, and most importantly the president. As the leader of the country, the president should be a direct reflection of Americans. With that in mind, the current system of the Electoral College is not an accurate representation of all citizens. Many elections, including that of Rutherford B. Hayes, Grover Cleveland and George W. Bush, have had a candidate win the presidency without winning the popular vote. This leaves many Americans wondering if their vote is vital and if the current system depicts all citizens. Although the electoral college was effective when the majority of Americans didn 't have the resources needed to vote, as the country evolves the United States needs to adopt a political system based on a popularly elected president.

The Electoral College was established in 1789 from the ideas put forth during the Constitutional Convention. This convention worked to set up government policies for running the newly independent country. The later half of the eighteenth century proved to be a time when many politicians were wary of the citizens’ knowledge. The Electoral College allowed the president to be chosen by the intelligent members of society which reduces the chances of an inexperienced person running the country. The original electors were voting with the intention of…

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