Analysis of the Electoral College

1219 WordsNov 12, 20085 Pages
Many people argue that the Electoral College is an outdated system. After all, many things have changed in the last two centuries. For one, technology is much more advanced now than it was two hundred years ago. With the internet and television, we can now learn everything about a candidate regardless of where the come from in the nation. It is feasible to have direct election of a president because of these improved methods of communication and the evolution of technology in general. There are many arguments against the Electoral College. The most common attack on the system is that it enables a president to lose the election when they have won the majority of the popular votes (Polsby and Wildavsky 171). Voter turnout in the United…show more content…
It was Speaker of the House Clay, who was eliminated from the selection process because he came in fourth, that wrapped up the election for Adams by openly supporting him in the House of Representatives. The issue did not end there, however. The populace was none too happy about this incident; four years later Jackson defeated Adams (Longley and Braun 36-37).In the 1876 election, Samuel Tilden gained about 250,000 more popular votes than Rutherford Hayes, but still lost the election by an electoral vote of 185 to 184 (Longley and Braun 33-34). The contest had been so close in South Carolina, Florida, and Louisiana, with both sides claiming fraud, that each of these states cast their electoral votes for both candidates. Congress eventually set up a commission which, with a bit of politicking, chose to give Hayes the electoral votes of all three states, thus securing his election. Later, Congress passed a law that gave the states the right to determine the legality of their own elector choices and required a majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate in order to reject the electoral vote of any state (Kimberling 9). By far, the most disturbing instance of Electoral College failure is that even in the year 2000 a minority president was able to be elected. In the 2000 election, Al Gore received over 500,000 more popular votes than George W. Bush,
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