The Election Of The Electoral College

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The Electoral College has evolved since 1787, but its continuous existence is an ongoing debate that focuses on various issues. The issues surround the influence of minorities and relevance of the popular vote. With the Electoral College, smaller communities are said to gain more voting power. However, the popular vote seems to become less relevant as it does not reflect the actual vote of each voter. This is to say that it distorts the one-person, one-vote principle and smaller states are overrepresented thus the “loser” could possibly be the winner. The Electoral College was once beneficial but now I believe it has become outdated. The demographic difference in the upbringing of the Electoral College system and today’s Electoral College system has become more distinct over the years. While federalist, Alexander Hamilton is in favor of electors nominating the president, Antifederalists are opposed to the Electoral College and believe the vote should be entrusted in the people. I agree with the Antifederalist’s view that we, the people, should be able to directly vote for the president. The Anti-Federalist papers favor in the majority rules. In the Anti-Federalist papers, Republicus argue that it discredits the ability of the people and puts it all in the hands of those delegates who “fully” understand politics to choose. The Electoral College exists to structure the government so that smaller states could receive extra power and to ensure a safeguard to the people in the election of the president. According to Alexander Hamilton, he states in The Federalist No, 68 that a reasonable solution to this is to elect “men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favora... ... middle of paper ... ...lar vote all votes account for the same amount. I feel this makes the voter feel like their vote is relevant and could possibly lead to a higher voter turnout. The Electoral College is not perfect for today’s society. Direct elections ensures what should be a sacred guarantee to our democracy – the one-person-one vote guarantee for the most powerful representative of the people is the person who received the most votes regardless of where the votes come from. The candidate would focus his or her attention on issues and concerns, far more demographically of the whole nation as opposed to the current swing states or simply because they are voted in by a state whose nominating contests come early. And it doesn’t make sense that the most powerful elected official in the land is the only elected official in America who isn’t required to get the most votes to win.
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