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The Electoral College 1

  • Date Submitted: 02/19/2011 06:17 PM
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The Electoral College is a system in which the individual voter does not actually vote directly for the president. It is also an institution that elects the president and the vice president.   When a person votes they are voting for an elector that has pledged their vote or allegiance to the running party. The Framers realized that without widespread communications available at the time and with other varying factors an each vote counts or the popular vote system would not be practical. Because of this they formed the Electoral College system, Also, the US Constitution, even though this system was never called this in the Article. This system has survived for over 200 years and with only two changes to it would be Amendment twelve, and twenty-three of US Constitution. Many people have throughout the years said that the Electoral College is outdated and needs to be changed, where as many others defended the Electoral College system.
To win, a presidential candidate must have a majority in the electoral college. Before taking on   the Twelfth Amendment, in the event that no candidate had a majority, the House of Representatives was to choose the president from among the five candidates highest on the electoral list. Then, “after the choice of the President, the Person having the greatest Number of Votes of the Electors shall be the
Vice President; in case of a tie the Senate would choose the vice president. The Twelfth Amendment, resulted from the confused election of 1800 provided that electors vote for president and vice president separately. It also reduced from five to three the number of candidates from among whom the House was to choose, in case no candidate had a majority.

Some people believe the Electoral College system have many flaws, these can include electing a minority president, disloyal Electors, the Electoral College causing a decline in voter turnout, the difference of votes from large to small states, and the disadvantages for third parties....


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