Essay on The Electoral College

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This paper will take an in depth look at how the voting process works in the United States, but mainly focus on the Electoral College and its wrongs and rights in the American voting system. It’s difficult to understand or appreciate the Electoral College unless one completely understands its past circumstances and the problems it was attempting to solve. The Electoral College was established to elect a president in a country that was split up into thirteen states that lacked communication and transportation and was made up of 4 million people scattered through out thousands and thousands of miles (Middleton, 2012).

After many attempts to set up a voting system that was accepted by the Constitutional Convention, the idea of letting the
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There are three Presidential elections that are frequently used as an argument against the Electoral College. In 1800 Aaron Burr and Thomas Jefferson accumulated the same amount of electoral votes which was later broken by the House of Representatives in the favor of Jefferson within jurisdiction of the original form of the Electoral College (Kimberling, 7). In 1824 Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, William Crawford, and Henry Clay were four strong competitors for the presidency and none of which received a majority of electoral votes to win the presidency. The selection process was then kicked to the House of Representatives who slightly favored Adams and resulted in the first time the person who won the popular vote didn’t win the Presidency (Kimberling, 7). In 1872 Horace Greeley died in the period between the popular vote for the Electors and the meeting of the Electoral College. Devoted electors were then forced to change their vote for Ulysses Grant who had already won a majority of the Electoral votes (Kimberling, 8). These three presidential elections are often brought up because of what happened in them had brought attention to some of the flaws in the Electoral College. When these arguments are made in the present day they are hard to accept though, for the fact that they happened over 100 years ago in a political system that was still trying to figure out how to work itself, and

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