The Electoral College

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Pamela Glazier

Professor Olfer

Political Science 105

August 1, 2001

The Electoral College

Recently the Electoral College has gotten a lot of attention in the American media. People have been arguing over who “really” won the 2000 election. The nation’s system of voting has been called into question, and people all over America are wondering if the Electoral College should remain. I believe it should.

Before you can make a decision on this topic, you must understand what it is. The Electoral College is a group of people chosen, by each state, to vote for President and Vice President. The electors are chosen to represent the states during a national election. The Electoral College was written in to the Constitution as a workable compromise over two hundred years ago. The College prevented Congress from gaining too much power over the nation. The College also checked the opportunity of having a purely popular election, which was frowned on by the nation’s politicians (World Book 88). When that is understood, a lot of things become clear. The general public does not directly vote for the President or the Vice President of the United States. When one votes for Candidate B, they are actually voting for that candidate’s representative who will vote for the candidate he wants.

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         People who oppose the Electoral College system argue that the representatives chosen to elect our nation’s leader may be Faithless Electors-those chosen to vote who, after pledging allegiance to a particular candidate, vote for their pledge’s opponent (Kimberling). This has been a major issue for people who don’t want their votes going to “turncoats.” People have put their faith into the Electors chosen, and they expect a typical vote.

People in favor of the Electoral College point out that Faithless Electors have never changed the outcome of an election. They also believe that the College enhances the status of minority groups, ...

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