Essay on The Electoral College And Is It A Good System?

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What is the Electoral College and is it a good system?

The Electoral College system (EC) is special to the United States. No other country uses a system like it although almost all other democracies have an indirect system to elect their leaders. In order to question if the EC is a good system, it is important to first understand exactly what the it is. On election day, citizens vote for a slate of electors that represent a pair of presidential and vice presidential candidates. “The [EC] process consists of the selection of the electors, the meeting of the electors where they vote for President and Vice President, and the counting of the electoral votes by Congress” ("What Is the Electoral College?"). It balances the power of the popular minority and majority interests in small and large states by apportioning electors to match the number of senators and congressmen (Johnson.) The EC was intended to prevent all political power from being concentrated in one or two large states.
There are 538 electors (members of the EC) who are apportioned equal to the number of senators and congressional districts a state has. The District of Columbia has 3 electors (added in the 23rd amendment). To win, candidates must have a simple majority of 270. (O,Connor, Sabato, Yanus.). Most states have a “winner-take-all” system that awards all electors to the winning presidential candidate slate ("What Is the Electoral College?"). The winning Presidential candidate 's slate of…

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