Reality Check - The Electoral College

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Ji 1 Yoon Ji PS 1 Ticket # 13095 Team Indiana 07/10/2008 The Electoral College: What is it, Should We Keep it, And The Alternatives? It was the year 1787, people had gathered in Philadelphia for the Constitutional Convention. There was much pressure and tension as they tried to draft a new constitution within 4 months. This was not easy. There was much rivalry and differences in opinion that made this task harder to complete. One of the subjects that they had to discuss was how the president should be election. There were many methods that included direct election by the people and election by Congress. Although the idea of election by Congress did get approved by the Constitutional Convention, there were many doubts because it would be unable to create an independent leadership capacity (Longley & Peirce 18, 19). The thought of direct election by the people became extremely popular but this too came with many concerns; one main fear being voters not having the knowledge of each candidate. As months passed, James Wilson offered a potential compromise which involved an electoral college. Due to conflicts and being deadlocked, they turned to the possibility of having an electoral college. Since the Electoral College was created, there have been significant changes in the system. A group of electors were chosen to vote for the president. Each state is assign to a specific number of electors. The actual size of the delegation is determined and based on the population of the state and the representation in Congress. The President and the Vice President are elected into office indirectly by the actually voters. The Electoral College actually elects then when a presidential and vice presidential ticket wins the majority of the votes (Kura 1). Because the winner of the election can change at the last minutes, there has been much controversy ever since the college was created in 1787. Because this system is not based on a one person-one vote theory, the results of the election can end in the candidates winning with the least amount of popular votes. According to the 12
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This note was uploaded on 09/01/2009 for the course PS PS 1 taught by Professor Petri during the Summer '09 term at Saddleback.

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