The Electoral College Dilemma Of The United States Essay

711 Words Dec 12th, 2016 3 Pages
The Electoral College Dilemma

Premise:
The U.S. Electoral College voting system needs to be improved upon because whoever earns the majority of total votes cast should be the winner.

Definitions:
Electoral College- the constitutional body designed to select the president. This system is described in Article II of the Constitution. (Gitelson, p.48)
National Popular Vote Interstate Compact- a bill that would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Congressional District Method- alternative method of distributing electoral votes through an allocation of congressional districts, and a statewide vote.
Argument 1: Under the current Electoral College voting system, whoever wins the majority of the votes cast doesn’t always win the Presidency. Throughout the history of the U.S. Presidential election there have been 5 candidates with less popular votes than their opponents that went on to claim an Electoral College victory. The current election holds the largest margin to date; Hillary Clinton currently leads Donald Trump by 2.84 million popular ballots cast. (Wasserman) In 2000, Gore v. Bush; the Supreme Court ultimately decided the election, making it one of the most contested elections in U.S. history. The difference of 563 votes in Florida netted Bush the 29 electoral votes needed to win the election, regardless of the popular vote deficit he faced. Likewise, Gore earned 540,000 more…

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