Pros And Cons Of The Electoral College

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“In 1787 our founding fathers believed that that the general population was not educated enough to select the president of the United State” (Bonsor, 2000, p.). This was one of the concerns our founders had when they wrote Article II, section 1 of our Constitution, which laid out the framework for the Electoral College process that we still use to this day. An article by Bronsor and Dove, states that “the Electoral College provided security to concerns that the governing people had,in this era of our nation’s history, to ensure a viable election process, such as the unlikelihood that a candidate would have a national presence amongst the general public”(2015). Due to the vast geographic distances candidates would not be able to vocalize their…show more content…
The United States Voting Commission reports in 2015, on average only 50% of the available voters registered in the last three decades” (NCL). Further reporting by Pintor, Gratschew and Sullivan, stated, “that the United states has an average turnout rate of 66.5 percent of all registered voters. This average ranks us 138 out of 169 of all countries conducting elections around the world” (pg.79, 2012). Interestingly enough, we are the only country in the world that uses the Electoral College process to elect our president. We don’t even use this system to elect our Senators and Congressmen, which make up the Electoral College. In his inaugural address, President John Quincy Adams stated, “the will of the people is the source and the happiness of the people the end of all legitimate government upon earth” (pg. 2, 1825). This was one of four elections on record in our nation’s history that the winner did not receive the popular vote. There are three major ideas or influences that affect voters from casting their vote that the popular voting process will correct. Voters believe that their vote does not count, due to the likelihood of a faithless elector casting their vote opposing their state selection and the candidates focusing on “Swing or Battle Ground States” instead of the issues of the entire country. Throughout history…show more content…
The facts that were laid out and supported by statistical analysis, promote the reasons that the popular vote should be implemented over the continued use of the Electoral College Process to vote in our next president. The Popular Voting process promotes higher voter turnout demonstrated by sister countries around the world. It instills the foundation that all votes matter and supports a multiple party election system demonstrated by our current process used in electing our state representatives. With the implementation of the Popular Voting Process the government will emulate the will of the

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