The Effectiveness of the Electoral College Essay

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Our founding fathers wanted to devise a plan to elect the executive branch of the government without it being affected by partisan politics. In the beginning, they instituted and stated in Article 2, Section 1, of the Constitution, the method of selecting electors is delegated to the separate state legislatures, and the voting procedure to be followed by the electors is carefully defined (Encarta, History). Originally in the Constitution, the electors were to vote for the two most qualified persons without specification of presidential or vice-presidential candidates. The candidate with the most votes would be the president and the candidate with the least votes would be the vice-president. After the election of 1800 there was a tie …show more content…
6). The electors are appointed by statewide popular election, and the electors have a pledged vote to a certain candidate. It is possible to win the popular vote and not the electoral vote due to the winner-take-all system. The popular vote, the peoples vote, for each state, except Nebraska and Maine, is totaled up and the plurality winner gets the electoral votes for that state. Since the apportionment of electoral votes is left up to the states, Nebraska and Maine exercise this freedom by allowing the number of electoral votes to be proportional to the popular vote. Nebraska and Maine's electoral procedure makes a lot more sense to me, rather than the all or nothing system most states use today. In seeing the way the Electoral College works, I have a tough time supporting it. When the vote of the people is not directly the cause of a President's election to office, I am confused with the democracy we live in. It is seen in the most recent election how an election is not based on what the majority of the people want, but yet on what the majority of the states' electors want. The electors' vote may be based on the popular vote, but obviously seeing the large margin in the 2000 election between the electoral vote and the popular vote, they are not so closely related. I believe the Electoral College should be abolished due to the fact that in democracy, where government is constructed under the consent of the governed, people, not electors of political