The Function And Structure Of The Electoral College In The United States

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The Electoral College
The Electoral College is defined as a group of people elected by voters of each state in the United States to elect the vice president and the president of the United States (Patterson, 2013). To understand the Electoral College more in depth, one must understand the function and structure of the Electoral College, the comparison of popular votes and the Electoral College, and the benefit a voter has using the Electoral College system.
The founding fathers had two primary reasons for creating the Electoral College. The first reason for creating the structure was to give more voting power to smaller states. A second reason for creating the Electoral College is, it creates a buffer between the population and the selection
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At near end of the convention, the matter was referred to the Committee of Eleven on Postponed Matters, they devised a plan called the Electoral College system (Sterling, 1981). The plan was incorporated into the final document with only a few changes. It reconciled the differing state and federal interests, and provided a degree of popular participation in the election process, and gave the less populated states power in the process by providing what is called senatorial electors, who preserve the presidency as independent of Congress, and generally stop the election process from political mishandeling (Sterling, 1981). When it comes time for citizens to vote for their candidate to become president, they will flock to the polls and cast their votes. The candidate that wins the most votes in a state, wins what is called that states electoral votes. The way electoral members are selected do vary according to each state in the United States of America. Usually, the political parties nominate the Electors at their State conventions or by doing a vote of the party’s central committee in each state of the nation (Miller, 2011Electors are often chosen to recognize …show more content…
One argument for the use of the Electoral College is, it provides a voice to the smaller states that may be overlooked by candidates. The best argument for the Electoral College is it provides the nation with a clear winner. Popular votes seem to run really close, and the Electoral College helps shine the light on the real winner. For example, President Obama won about 53% 0f popular votes, but, a whopping two-thirds of the electoral votes (Miller, 2011). The voice of the people seem to be heard this

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