Electoral College Reform

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In order to fully understand the underlying problems of the Electoral College we have to look back at the time that the idea of the Electoral College itself was proposed and see how the culture of the time and the ideologies of the people involved helped shaped the final outcome. Life today is much different than it was two hundred odd something years ago, and it’s fair to say that the political ideals and social norms around our society have changed drastically. When the founding fathers sat down at the table to discuss the process of the national election of the highest office of the land they had a lot of things on their minds. For starters the country as they knew it was composed of 13 states, each with a cut-throat either be in first place or be last mentality. (Goldstein) One thing all the states shared however was a deep disdain and fear of an overpowered, tyrannical and overbearing central government. (Goldstein) The nation was comprised of only 4 million people all distributed up and down the eastern seaboard making communication very difficult (or at least meaningful and quick contact was out of the question). The political culture at the time was very anti-partisan, in other words political parties were looked down upon and seen as “evil” and polarizing or unnecessary. (Goldstein) The people, and the founding fathers more importantly, felt that the office of the presidency should not be occupied by someone who chases or seeks the office, but rather that the office should seek them. (Nackenoff) It’s clear to see that the founding fathers had a plate-full in front of them to say the least. They had to make a system that excluded the participation of political parties, had no national campaigns, and didn’t upset the bala... ... middle of paper ... ...slie Friedman. "Our Undemocratic Constitution--How Bad Rea Is It?." Good Society Journal 18.1 (2009): 41-45. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 14 Nov. 2010. (Goldstein) 3.) Hendricks, Jennifer S. "Popular Election of the President: Using or Abusing the Electoral College?." Election Law Journal 7.3 (2008): 218-226. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 14 Nov. 2010. (Hendricks) 4.) "The Electoral College." Social Education 72.6 (2008): 304-308. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 12 Nov. 2010. (Elect.) 5.) Smith, Bradley A. "Vanity of Vanities: National Popular Vote and the Electoral College." Election Law Journal 7.3 (2008): 196-217. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 16 Nov. 2010. (Smith) 6.) "BUSH vs. GORE." LII | Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School. Web. 16 Nov. 2010. . (Cornell)
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