The Electoral College

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The Electoral College The Electoral College, friend or foe? The answer behind this question is in the minds of those that understand it. Whether it be a "friend" or a "foe" there will always be opposing sides and a controversial verse. Since the political circumstance of today, the Electoral College seems to be the topic in every conversation and the thesis to every essay. The uncontrollable desire to know the truth behind the mystery is stirring in the minds of the people in the United States of America. With the 2000 Elections underway sides are beginning to be taken among the people. Many oppose the Electoral College because of the fact that unknowing electors choose their leader and many support it because it was created by the founding fathers. Both sides are arguable and not one side is right. The question is: Can a system be created to satisfy both sides of the American public? The founding fathers created the Electoral College for many reasons. One of the reasons was to give the people the right to have a say on who becomes president and another reason was to give congress the right to choose as well. At the time of the 1787 Constitutional Convention this was a topic that aroused many opposing ideas and opinions. They had three choices, to allow the public direct elections, grant congress the right to elect the president or give electors the privilege of selecting the countries leader. What they were trying to do was to prevent absolute power. Since they had their taste of King George's way of ruling they were afraid that if they let one group of people choose the president then that group would gain too much power or the president elected would feel too pow... ... middle of paper ... ...m/eric/electoralcollege.html Voting & Elections: Electoral College (1pg). Retrieved December 11, 2000 from the World Wide Web: http://www.thisnation.com/processes-electoral.html Electoral College Problems (2pgs). Retrieved December 11, 2000 from the World Wide Web: http://claremontmckenna.com/ctd/college/html Electoral College in General (2pgs). Retrieved December 11, 2000 from the World Wide Web: http://www.nara.gov/fedreg/elctcoll/ec-artcl.html How the Electoral College Works (2pgs). Retrieved December 11, 2000 from the World Wide Web: http://www.fec.gov/pages/ecworks.html Citizens for True Democracy: Individual EC disasters (3pgs). Retrieved December 11, 2000 from the World Wide Web: http://claremontmckenna.com/ctd/ecsux.html Christopher Henry (1996). The Electoral College. Barbara Silberdick Feinberg (1996) Constitutional Amendments

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