Against The Electoral College

4 April 2015
A paper which argues against the electoral college as a means of choosing an American President.

The paper talks about the history of the electoral college and the negative impact it has had on Presidential elections. The paper shows how the Electoral College originally performed indirect election with the electors from each state based on the states; representation in Congress; and how this was changed with the 12th Amendment. The paper shows several election results as an example. It questions whether the US truly needs this system and discusses key points on methods to change the electoral college.
“The Electoral College was formed during the Constitutional Convention back in 1787. Article 2, Section 1 states: “Each state was allocated a number of electors equal to the number of its U.S. Senators plus the number of its U.S. Representatives (Federal Election Commission 1). At the convention most delegates believed that the people of the United States were not;matured; enough to directly elect the President. Since the delegates didn;t truly trust the people they proposed three different methods of an Electoral College.”
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