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WEEK 4 ASSIGNMENT: ELECTORAL COLLEGE – GOOD OR BAD?
INTRODUCTION•Enacted by the constitution•Highly contested•Discussed in over 10% of proposed amendments•Opponents support popular vote•Proponents claim it supports federalism•Highly misunderstood
(Presidential Election Process)
ARGUMENTS AGAINST THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE SYSTEM•The possibility of electing the minority a minority president (this has happened 4 four times in U.S. history) (Electoral College, 2020). •The risk of so-called faith-less electors (there have been 158 faith-less electors in U.S history but none have changed the outcome of the election) (Shaw, 2012).•The possible role of the electoral college in depressing voter turnout (Shaw, 2012) •The number of electors per state is based on population, and the U.S census only occurs once every 10 years (Electoral College, 2020).
ARGUMENTS IN FAVOUR OF THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE SYSTEM•Geographically distributed national support•Enhanced minority influence•Two party system stability•Maintains federal system of representation (Electoral College, 2020)