The Importance Of The Electoral College

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Can a Presidential candidate for the United States of America win the majority, yet lose the election? Under the system currently in place this can and has happened. In 1824, 1876, and 2000, the popular vote winner and the winner of the election have differed. This transpires due to the fact that these candidates lost in the Electoral College (Brown). The Electoral College is a system established by the founding fathers to protect the American masses from themselves when voting. Each state receives a minimum of three members of the Electoral College selected from the victorious party of that state’s election after the constituents have voted for the President (Bolinger). This system with its three members per state causes a vast majority of problems. The Electoral College undermines the majority rule concept, causes unequal distribution of vote importance, and can fail to elect a President. The principle of majority rule can and has been depleted with this system. The idea of majority rule ensues that whichever candidate can win the majority of votes wins the election. A candidate can win by close margins in enough states to win the Electoral College, then lose by large margins in other states. This will cause a candidate to lose by majority vote,…show more content…
Also many opposed to abolishing the Electoral College believe all of our Presidents were in favor of it. Countless numbers of people believe this since the first parties were being formed right after the first election of a President for the United States of America. However, not all of our distinguished leaders of the past supported a two party system. George Washington, in his Farwell Address, warned against the dangers of a two party system (Washington’s). If our first president, who was elected by the founders and people of that time didn’t believe in the party system why is it considered what the founders
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