Is The Electoral College Obsolete?

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Joshua Furman English 123-4 Professor Bunch 2/26/16 Is the Electoral College Obsolete? In the Albert Gorse versus George Bush election of 2000, Albert Gorse won the popular vote by 547,398 votes. However, George Bush won the election because of the Electoral College process. Normally, the winner of the popular vote wins the office or election. However, during this election it was not the case. Albert Gore did not win by a landslide; nevertheless, he still won the popular vote (Deatrick, 2012). While the typical American citizen may say that this one case is insignificant compared to the other elections, the significance recides in the mind of the person who was running for President and for the American citizens who voted for their…show more content…
For example, John Quincy Adams lost the popular vote in 1824 and Andrew Jackson won the popular vote, but because he did not receive enough Electoral votes, Adams won presidency. This meant that the House of Representatives decided on who they wanted to become President, not who the American people wanted. Fifty-two years later in 1876 the same situation occurred. Rutherford Hayes won Presidency. He won the Electoral votes by one vote but did not win the popular vote (Mayer, 2001). The Presidential Election of 1888 exemplifies this occurrence. During this election between Benjamin Harrison and Grover Cleveland, Harrison opposed tariff reduction. Neither candidate conducted a strong campaign. Cleveland’s attitude and regulations on pensions, currency, and tariff reduction had made him hated among veterans, farmers, and industrialists. Even with these opponents, he still had more popular votes. However, Harrison received 65 more electoral votes and won presidency (Center, 2016). So as some may argue that it is completely fair, the evidence shows different. The fact that the candidate who actually won the popular vote may not become President is enough evidence in itself (Deatrick, 2012). One may say that the Electoral College is beneficial for our country due to the fact that the states have a “winner takes all” system. Forty-five of the states follow this system. This meaning, the winner of the popular
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