The Pros And Cons Of The Electoral College

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Register to read the introduction… Constitution and second, they decided the average citizen wasn't knowledgeable enough to elect a president without the bridge of a system known as the Electoral College. The Electoral College was created by the framers of the U.S. Constitution as a compromise for the presidential election process (Bonser, and Dove). At the time, some politicians believed a purely popular election was too reckless and would give too much voting power to highly populated areas in which people were too familiar with a certain presidential candidate. Others objected to the possibility of letting Congress select the president. So the Electoral College was a system that allowed voters to vote for electors, who would then cast their votes for …show more content…
This phenomenon has actually occurred in the past. The most recent occurrence was in the 2000 election. George Bush received 271 electoral votes but lost the nationwide popular vote by half a million votes to Al Gore, who received 266 electoral votes (“What Is the Electoral College?”). Larger states carry a tremendous amount of power in swaying the presidential election, since their large population allows them to receive a multitude of electoral votes. The Electoral College has been the basis for nearly all of our presidential elections, but it is time to update to a more logical …show more content…
Since all of the electoral votes go toward the candidate that wins the popular vote in a state, if a state has a majority of people who vote for a certain party and a voter votes for the other party, his vote does not have any effect on the election outcome. The Electoral College system is leaving hundreds of thousands of vote’s discounted and irrelevant. The Electoral College twists each vote’s worth per state, causing the nation’s desires to be misrepresented. The Electoral College does not always show a distribution of support. A candidate could win the electoral votes in only eleven states and that amount of electoral votes would be enough to become

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