The Election Of The Electoral College Essay

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What would have happened if four presidents that have long since been entered into the history books had not been the ones elected? In 1876, 1888, 1960, and 2000, the popular vote and the Electoral College did not elect the same candidate. However, the Electoral College had the final decision. The latest discrepeancy between the two voting systems revived the debate about the best election method. George C. Edwards develops the argument about how the Electoral College, with a faulty system detrimental to democracy, should be replaced with direct election.
The Electoral College fails in protecting American citizens and candidates. It does not protect minorities or third parties. Many times the votes of the minorities do not affect the electoral votes (Edwards, 2004 Pg97). Third parties will not have many votes from the popular vote in each state. Therefore, it is hard, if not impossible to receive electoral votes. (Edwards, 2004) Third parties do not have much success under the Electoral College. For the two major parties, the election spotlight is not evenly distributed throughout the states. The system, according to Edwards, skews the attention to the states that candidate could win. States that candidate will probably not win or is for sure to win receives less visits and less media. Another form of inequality is the weight of each vote across the states. Some people’s votes have more weight to them than others. For example, the population in Montana is…

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