Electoral College Votes Analysis

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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 …show more content…
Wheeler talks about the dismay other countries had regarding the 2000 presidential election results, “It was difficult for many in both fledgling and established democracies to understand how citizens of the United States, the champion of democracy, could accept a decision to install a president who did not win the popular vote.” The electoral college diminishes the importance of the votes of people but it also reinforces the idea of a two-party political system by making it almost impossible for a third-party candidate to be …show more content…
In the general presidential election, the votes of the people are not influential in any way. The electoral college has been in place since our government was created and it has does its job electing the president relatively well; so well some people do not know the system exists. But, it is time for our government to evolve like everything else in the world has. With the advantages in technology, American citizens have the resources to know all about the candidates who are running, unlike in the past. To create a better democracy and for the people of America to truly feel that they have an influential part in the government, the electoral college needs to be done away

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