Pros And Cons Of The Electoral College

1254 Words6 Pages
The electoral college is an outdated system used to elect the President of The United States of America. This outdated system, created in 1787 during the constitutional convention, not only makes it almost impossible for the average American's vote to count, it is no longer favored by a majority of Americans; it also suppresses the vote of already marginalized groups of American citizens, therefore this oppressive voting system should be replaced by the much more favored popular voting system.
Article II of the constitution sets up the electoral college and states the following:
Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector. (US Const. Art. II Sec.I)
In layman's terms, each state will hold an election for President of the United States, but instead of the people's votes counting directly towards the President, they go to an elector who was elected by the state legislator. The article also discusses who can and cannot be an elector. These electors then vote for who should be president, they usually choose who to vote for by who won the popular vote in their state but they are not required by law to abide by the popular vote of the people they are representing. Those who
Get Access