The Electoral College : A Source Of Controversy For The American Voter

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The Electoral College has been a source of controversy for the American voter since its creation. Some voters favor keeping the Electoral College while others would prefer alternative methods of electing our president. There are many opinions about the Electoral College but its foundation, structure, history, and function remain a mystery to most voters. Though the name would seem to imply otherwise, the Electoral College is a process rather than a place (Office of the Federal Register, 2016). In actuality, it is an indirect system that is used to elect the president of the United States. Instead of voting directly for a specific candidate for president, when voters cast their votes during a presidential election in the United…show more content…
Clearly, choosing a president without political parties or national campaigns and without affecting the careful balance between the federal and state powers was challenging. Several alternative election methods were considered before the convention decided on the Electoral College method. First, the convention considered having the Congress choose the president. They rejected this idea after some believed that this process would lead to division and hard feelings in the Congress. Others thought that it might lead to political bargaining and corruption and that it could upset the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches of the government (Kimberling, 2008). As an alternative, they considered having the state legislatures select the president. Again, this possibility was rejected because they feared that having a president so obligated to the state legislatures might permit the erosion of federal authority and the undermining of the concept of federalism (Kimberling, 2008). Also considered as a possibility was the idea of electing the president by a direct popular vote. This was rejected not because the Framers were reluctant to give the power to elect the president directly to the people because of their fear of the “uneducated masses”. Some felt that citizens might vote purely in light of their local interests rather than in consideration of what was best for the nation as a whole. They also
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