The Election Of The Electoral College Essay

1155 Words Sep 15th, 2016 5 Pages
The Electoral College continues to be a controversial subject among both professionals and laymen. The mechanics of what the electoral college has become has lead to a system that disenfranchises millions of American voters around the country. This has been obvious to many people through United States history and as such many alternatives have been proposed. Three of the most popular alternatives are Direct Popular Vote, Proportional Electoral Voting, and Majority Preference Voting. Looking at each we can see the pros and cons of switching to these systems over the current electoral college system. From a pure philosophical standpoint, there can only be one type of voting system in a true democracy, the direct popular vote. One person equals one vote. In this system all Americans would get an equal say in who becomes president. We already have this system for almost every other elected office in the country. If you are someone who believes in democracy in a pure sense, then your only alternative to the electoral college is the popular vote, but we must look at it from both a philosophical standpoint and a practical one. We must first tackle the fact that the writers of the constitution never intended for popular voting to be the dominant system in United States politics. The people originally only being able to vote for their representative, and not even their senator, show that the founding fathers had little faith in the average citizen’s ability to guide the country.…

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