The Electoral College Of The United States Constitution Essay

1199 Words Mar 21st, 2016 5 Pages
The Electoral College is a system whose constitutionality has been disputed for years; especially since 2000. The Electoral College is founded in Article II of the United States Constitution. The number of electors for each state in the Electoral College is equal to the number of representatives that state has Congress (U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 1, Clauses 2 and 3). The people of the United States vote for their electors, but the electors vote for the president. Thus, under the Electoral College, the people of the U.S. do not directly vote for their president. The Electoral college is counterproductive to democracy as it has, on multiple, occasions, produced a result that does not reflect the will of the people. To begin with, Article II of the U.S. Constitution outlines the Executive Branch which includes the president, vice president, and the Electoral College. As previously stated, the number of electors for each state is determined by the number of representatives in Congress for that state. The day that the electors will vote for the president is also determined by Congress (U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 1, Clauses 2 and 3). Furthermore, under the Electoral College it is possible for a president to be elected that did not win the popular vote of the people. This has happened on four separate occasions throughout the history of the U.S. The first election was Andrew Jackson against John Quincy Adams in 1824. In this election, Jackson managed to…

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