The Pros And Cons Of The Electoral College

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Throughout the years, there has been much controversial concerning the Electoral College and whether or not it should be abolished. There was multiple way that were being considered at the time of the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Some including election of the President and Vice President by the Congress, by the governors of each state, by the state legislation, and by direction popular vote. Each idea was found to have some flaw which then lead to the creation of the Committee of Eleven which was is currently known as the Electoral College. The Electoral College is defined as “a body of people representing the states of the United States of America who formally case votes for the election of the President and Vice President”. The process…show more content…
Most of those who are against the Electoral College are prone to argue that the idea of the Electoral College is a bit undemocratic. The less populated states are granted a greater representation rather than the larger populated states. For example, a less populated state such as Wyoming is granted “three electoral college votes for a small population of 532,668 citizens” according to the 2008 Census Bureau nevertheless a greater populated state such as Texas is granted “thirty –two electoral college votes for an outsized population of twenty-five million”. If the Electoral College votes are viewed in perceptive of the population, the smaller states are privileged enough to have one elector per a smaller group of citizens. This disproportional misrepresentation allows the citizens of the less populated states to have a greater voice than those of the greater populated states. Another issue would be concerning “Faithless Electors”. The Electors were chosen as a way to disregard any uneducated votes made by the citizens but also keeping in mind which particular candidate the majority of the population of a state wishes to vote for. Although the national vote from the citizens is supposed to give the Electors a view on which way the majority of the state wished to vote, the Elector doesn’t necessarily have to vote for the particular candidate that they pledge…show more content…
Although much of the nation believes that the Electoral College should be kept, there are many reasons as to why the Electoral College should be abolished. First off, the fact that there is a possibility that the popular vote of the citizens is not really taken into consideration when it comes down to electing a president that will rule over them. Although the citizens are allowed to cast a vote in favor of the particular candidate that they wish to elect, but it is not necessary that the electoral vote reflects the votes casted by majority of the population of that state. As a result of the unjust representation of the people’s votes, which adds to the many reason as why the Electoral College should be abolished, the voter turnout has been decreasing as an increasing amount of the citizens realize that their votes doesn’t actually matter. Even though the Electoral College will still be in place for a decent amount of the future, if I were to devise a new way to elect the President and the Vice President of the United States of America I was leave it to direct popular vote by the citizens which the Electors must be obliged to cast their vote corresponding to the popular vote of the citizens. Also, the distribution of electors between states should be increasingly equal. This way the United States of America can leave up to its democratic name and the citizens of the
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