The Importance Of A Single President Of The United States

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When the United States’ Constitution was written in 1787, the country was very different than it is today. In 1787 a much smaller percentage of people were educated, there were way fewer people living in the country, and people were very concerned with the president being elected by “smart” people. Considering all of that, the electoral college was a great system for electing the president of the United States at that time. However, in modern times, a direct presidential election would be better.
In 1787 The United States was a very young country that was trying to figure out how to run its self. There were many important issues such as how much power should the federal government have, how much power should each state have, should the country
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However, it was probably the best choice. If they would have chosen to have multiple people with the top power, it would have been much harder to get anything done because they would have had to agree. In addition, having a single person in power can be a very good thing in times of crisis. The representatives most likely chose to have a single president for these reasons. Once it was chosen to have a single president, the representative had to choose how to elect him (at this time people would not have considered having a woman president). This was a very controversial issue because they were so many different opinions about how he should be elected. However, it was eventually decided to create a new kind of system call the Electoral College. In this system, each state gets a number of electors equal to their number of House and Senate members, and these electors vote for the president. The Constitution …show more content…
It may have been the best system at the time. However, in modern times there is no reason to have such a complicated system. In addition, the way the current system works every person’s vote is not equal which is unfair. One article says, “…[p]olls have found that voters want their individual choice to count rather than allotting them to the respective electors representing their state as a whole” (West 2012). It is time for America’s presidential election system to change to address the changes in the country and the public’s

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