The Shortcomings Of The Electoral College

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“He lost the popular vote by a lot but won the election. We should have a revolution in this country!”- Donald Trump. The Electoral College has been an integral part of our nation's history. All presidents have been elected through the Electoral College system. However, just because it's always been done, doesn't mean it's right. Through recent years many limitations have become apparent which leads one to wonder “Is this system the best way?” To understand the drawbacks of the Electoral College one must scrutinize the history of its origin, the structure of its system, and its shortcomings within the modern day election process. To begin, to understand the election one must understand the history of the Electoral College. The Electoral College is a system and not a place. Its origin begins at the Constitutional Convention of 1787. The Founding Fathers gathered to create a new system to elect the leader of the country. They settled on what they thought would be the appropriate and useful, a system of electors, 538 to be exact, to vote towards which candidate would be granted the role of the president. But why was the popular vote system replaced in the first place? The Founding fathers deliberated and agreed that the system has proved inadequate and faulty. At the time they feared voters were not receiving the proper information that was necessary to choose an adequate leader. They wanted a system that would give all states, no matter the size, an equal voice in the

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