Why Do We Still Have An Electoral College? Essay

1513 Words Nov 30th, 2016 7 Pages
Ever since 1787, 11 years after America officially became a country and separated from England, America has decided who to elect for president of the United States by the electoral college. Over this past election, more and more Americans showed a discomfort in the system more than ever before. Too a point to where for a day, it was one of the trending topics on Twitter about how voters we’re almost mad at the system. America was almost confused and shocked about how the system can change an election. It has caused such an outrage and confusion over the past several elections, that it should be replaced with a new system. So the question that is puzzling america is, why do we still have an electoral college?
It started with the basic backbone of America, the Amendments. Specifically in the 12 amendment, it states that the Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and of all persons voted for as Vice-President, and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States.

This was ratified in 1804 after the confusion of the election of ‘96 and…

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