Controversy Over The Electoral College

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After the 2016 presidential election, the electoral college began to be a widely- debated topic. The electoral college has many reasons to be kept as the way the United States elects its presidents. The electoral college allows for representation throughout the country as opposed to focusing on large areas of the population, it also boosts minority interests, keeps the United States from becoming tyrannical, and presidential candidates pay attention to the fly over states.
Firstly, the electoral college is made up of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. In the Senate each state gets two electors making a total of one-hundred, and the House of Representatives is based on population so the number of electors goes up to 535. The
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Elbridge Gerry, a Father of the Constitution, put it this way, “A popular election in this case is radically vicious. The ignorance of the people would put it in the power of some one set of men dispersed through the Union, and acting in concert, to delude them into any appointment.” This means that the People would elect a man who promised great things, but in reality was playing on their wants just to win the election. They would increasingly become more tyrannical over time and each election till one day the United States might have another King George III to deal with. So, to keep from letting this happen the Founding Fathers found a better way to elect the President, the Electoral College. They saw the electoral college as a way of preserving the freedom of the United States and keep the people content and well represented (Longley). The young, naïve new voters do not look below the surface to see what the candidate is selling. They see a big picture and vote based on that, but what they do not realize is that the candidates want that and use that. Bernie Sanders was saying how if he won the election he would work towards getting free college. The only problem with free college is that nothing is actually free. Someone has to pay for the bills, books,…show more content…
If there was only a popular vote, then each candidate would go to only the popular states or to their home state. If this were the case, then Donald Trump would not have come to places such as Mississippi and try to appeal to the young voters. Also, Americans like to know who the people they are voting for and not by television but on a more personal level. It shows that the candidate cares for the people, all people, of their country not just the states with the most voters. Everyone knew that Donald Trump would win Mississippi, but he still came here to speak to the people and get to know who we are and our wants (Science).
Finally, the electoral college has a purpose for electing our President; it allows smaller states to be well represented, minorities to be heard, aversion from tyranny, and helps us get to know our future leaders. Without it there would not only be chaos but also could result in a tyrannical government. There would also be problems between the
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