The Election Of The Electoral College Essay

1175 Words Oct 27th, 2016 5 Pages
In the 2000 presidential election, most people were prepared to accept that Al Gore would be the next president even though he would likely lose the popular vote. However, the opposite happened. George Bush won the presidency through a small margin of electoral votes, but had lost the popular vote of the people. This election is an example of how the Electoral College diminishes the importance of the votes of the people. Most people know of the electoral college, they have read about it in their U.S. Government textbooks or have heard it mentioned in a political news broadcast, but some people are unclear on how much power the electoral college possesses; it is the electors who have the power to elect the President of the United States, not the citizens. The Electoral College has elected the president since it was implemented, but in our history, four presidents have lost the popular vote but have won the presidency. This shows how the electoral college takes away the votes of the people in the presidential general election. It is problematic that in the most democratic country in the world, the people don’t have the sole power to elect the president.
When drafting the Constitution, the founding fathers were faced with determining how the president would be elected. The Electoral College was established as a compromise between those who wanted the president to be elected by Congress and those who believed he or she should be elected by popular vote. The electoral process…

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