The Electoral College By George C. Edwards

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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
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However, there are many assumptions that he uses to prop his argument. Firstly, Edwards assumes that the country has not changed in the entire time that the constitution has been written. He compares the splintered country from the Civil War to the country that elected Reagan. These comparisons are not valid. The country was vastly different in terms of size, culture, and priorities due to the environment. He assumes that the people would be more willing to vote if it was a direct election. However, just because the Electoral College would be overturned, it will not affect the average person’s political interest. People will not be any more interested in participating politically. Instead of the excuse of there not being a direct election to elect the president, people will believe their vote does not matter because millions of other people are …show more content…
By voting the people can elect new representatives, senators, or even presidents to replace one that did not follow through with their agenda. Through the fear of not being elected once again, the elected officials will be more inclined to listen to the people. Between the people and government, this is the largest check and balance. When the system of electing becomes skewed against the people, it is a major cause of concern. The country was built on certain principles, and the people have a right to exercise these rights. The Electoral College, as this author believes, will destroy this major check and balance. What impact does this have on his view of the broader institutional setting? The system is not one of equality. Democracy should be where every vote and person’s opinion matters. However, in the Electoral College, the only votes that matter are where population is extraordinarily low. Also, when the people’s popular vote does not match the electoral winner, then the system fails. Therefore, the people’s choice does not matter. This causes him to believe that the institution is failing as a

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