Problems with the Presidential Elections in United States

1788 WordsJul 14, 20188 Pages
"The method of choosing the president proved to be But one of many vexing problems for the fifty-five men who assembled in Philadelphia in May 1887" (Euchner, and Maltese 2). Our forefathers were faced with many hard decisions that would have repercussions for the next two centuries. One of the most perplexing problems facing them was the question of how to elect a president. They had to choose from three main systems: elect the president by congress, the people, or electors. There was much debate over this topic in the constitutional convention until eventually the Electoral College system was chosen to elect our president. The Electoral College system has been in place for over 200 years and most Americans are still not sure how it…show more content…
Some people think that the system would work better if all the states were required to use the same method of choosing electors, but the constitution protects the states rights in this case. The legislative system never gained very much support because of too much bargaining, promises, and payoffs. The district system eventually lost popularity because it encourages third parties, which went against the wishes of the forefathers. This left the general ticket system in the drivers seat. This system turned the electors into 538 of the most powerful people in the country. There are two states that still use the district system, but the remaining 48 states use the general ticket system ("Electoral College I" 256). The voter votes for either the president or the party that they wish to hold office, but this can cause a problem if there is an unfaithful elector. Electors are expected to follow the people's will by voting for candidates winning the popular election in that state. Electors that do not vote for what they are expected to vote for are considered faithless or unfaithful electors. 26 states do not require electors to vote for whom they have
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