outline-electoral college

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Donhauser 1 Paul Donhauser Professor Worgs POSC 103 20 April 2007 Outline: An Examination of the Legitimacy of the Electoral College 1) Introduction a) 2000 Election between George W. Bush and Al Gore inspires discussion b) Popular vote more for Gore, electoral college vote more for Bush c) Constitution permits overriding of the majority (problem?) d) Past purpose vs. current legitimacy e) Thesis: “While in the past the College was set in place for legitimate reasons, a debate has arisen to its need in today’s society due to more media exposure than in the past, its original reasons for instatement being obsolete, and its negative effects on voter turnout. Contrarily, some still argue that it is the best means of election because it promotes federalism and it keeps the balance of power between small and large states that it was created to promote.” 2) History: how and why created? a) Country skeptical of large central government—two options for electing executive branch i) Congressionally elected
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This note was uploaded on 07/07/2008 for the course POSC 103 taught by Professor Worgs during the Spring '08 term at Towson.

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