The Election Process

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The Election Process

The election process in the United States is a valuable process to the election of the proper officials to satisfy the people. The people run the country which is why we live in freedom because we control what happens with major decisions by choosing whom we want to decide these decisions. The whole country goes to vote on a certain day and by the end of that day we will vote to select who will run the country, state, county, or city political positions. The most complex decision and one with the biggest impact are selecting who the President of the United States shall be. We examine what their views are and who would do a better job. Then vote in our respected states with a certain number of electoral votes depending upon the population in that state. Those votes go toward the overall count of the candidate and help choose who will reach the magic number of 270 electoral votes first. This hasn’t always remained the same since the beginning but the basic idea behind this type of voting system was created by the views of the Founding Fathers of our country.

The Founding Fathers had to examine all the necessary information to make sure that their process meets the needs of all of their countries’ citizens. They faced the idea of how to choose a president that had such diverse needs and wants. They had to realize that the smaller states were not happy about the idea of a national central government because their rights and powers would be limited. The factor of their being 4,000,000 people spread all over the Eastern coast made them realize that national campaigns were impractical. They felt that political parties were dishonest and evil due to the British

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political parties. This led them to have to find a way to accommodate everyone without the use of political parties and a national campaign.

The Founding Fathers came up with several different ways that they could elect the president. The first idea was to have Congress select the president but this idea was rejected because many felt this would lead to corruption within the government because members of Congress. It could have also led to a bad balance of power between the legislative and executive branches of government. Another idea was to have state legislatures select the president, but was also rejected due to the fact that it could erode federal ...

... middle of paper ... in the smaller states. Even if the states only have two votes that was still what Bush needed to get him over the top. I feel that the system is perfect the way it is. The Founding Fathers did great research in examining every process proposed and picked the perfect one that will keep the country unified.

The Electoral College has been used for over 200 years and over fifty presidential elections. The process has helped chose every president since the beginning of our nation and has had virtually no flaws. The few that occurred in the beginning were correctly. If the Electoral College was abolished and changed most see that the new proposals would cause more confusion and serve to cause more problems than the current one. The Electoral College has served its purpose for two centuries without a hitch. If it’s working correctly then there should be no use in changing it now.

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Kimberling, William C. ‘The Electoral College’ Jackson County Election Board. Website.

Schlesinger, Arthur M. Jr. ‘History of Presidential Elections 1789-1968.’ New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1971.
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