The Electoral College Then, Now, and Tomorrow Essay

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The Electoral College Then, Now, and Tomorrow

The Electoral College system has been in place for over 200 years and Americans are still not sure how it works or if it is the best system. Many Americans feel they go to the polls every year and vote for the president, and in the long run they are in control of the fate of our executive branch. With the 1992 election it was clear that many people had little understanding for how a president is chosen; the 1992 election came close to having no majority of electors due to Ross Perot and his third party. However, after this last debacle over the presidency, many people are crying "foul" even though they still understand little or nothing about the benefits of the Electoral College. We
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Winston Churchill later said, "the Electoral College system is probably the worst possible method of choosing a president--except for all the others (Glennon 3)."
However, according to the sensationalist propaganda that was mentioned earlier, there are three problems to the current Electoral College system. First, a president can be elected to office even if it is not what the people want. Second, electors are not punished for being unfaithful to what they have pledged. (At least not in 26 of the states) Finally the system for electing a president if no electoral majority is reached.
Recognizing the strong regional interests and loyalties which have played so great a role in American history, the Electoral College system contributes to the cohesiveness of the country be requiring a distribution of popular support to be elected president. Without such a mechanism, the president would be selected either through the domination of one populous region over the others or through the domination of large metropolitan areas over the rural ones. Indeed, it is principally because of the Electoral College that presidential nominees are inclined to select vice presidential running mates from a region other than their own. For as things stand now, no one region contains the absolute majority (270) of electoral votes required to elect a president. Thus, there is an incentive for presidential candidates to pull together

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