Why The Electoral College Is Not Been Reformed

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Discuss the reasons why the Electoral College has not been reformed. (25 marks)
The Electoral College is the system used in America to nominate the president and vice president. The Electoral College entails Voters to go to the polls and they will be choosing which candidate receives their state 's electors. The candidate who receives a majority of electoral votes which is 270 wins the Presidency. The number 538 is the sum of the nation 's 435 Representatives, 100 Senators, and 3 electors given to the District of Columbia. There are many reasons as to why the system has not been reformed and in this essay I will elaborate on this further.
Furthermore the reason why the Electoral College has not been reformed is due to the fact it upholds …show more content…

This causes significant overrepresentation of the small states. For example because Alaska’s population is relatively small it should only have 1.2 electoral college voted however it has 3 votes due to Alaska having 1 representative and 2 senators. This is unfair on states such as California which has a very large population; it should have 65 Electoral College votes but only has 55. Therefore the Electoral College system is unfair on larger states; an individual citizen in Wyoming has more than triple the weight in electoral votes as an individual in California. Therefore the Electoral College is unrepresentative. The system was designed by the Founding Fathers and due to tradition and respect the Electoral college has remained unchanged in addition to the difficulties of changing a constitution a 2/3 majority is needed in both Houses.
Additionally another reason why the Electoral college has not been reformed is because it provides a clear winner with no coalition being formed, the last time the system failed to provide a clear winner was 1800 and 1824 unlike the UK where a coalition was formed between the Conservative and Liberal Democrats because there was no single part that had gained a majority. However the system has proved controversial it terms of the legitimacy the president. For example the 2000 presidential elections was won by Al Gore, that is Al Gore got more votes than

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