Electoral College

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Should the Electoral College be abolished? This complicated question has been debated for years and will probably continue into the future. Initially, I felt that the Electoral College was no longer necessary now that times have changed. My opinion began to shift upon further contemplation. Now, I believe that the Electoral College is an important part of American history that needs to remain in the government. In the past, it has proven beneficial because many Americans do not vote in the best interest of the country.

The Founding Fathers of the United States witnessed the ongoing fight between the state governments and the federal government. They wanted to develop a system of checks and balances between the state vote and the popular vote. They created the Electoral College to prevent the large, densely populated states from having an unfair advantage in an election. This system supports the American federal republic where federal and state governments choose officials based on the popular vote.

Without the Electoral College the United States would be a pure democracy where majority reigns. An important foundation of American history and politics would be lost.

The Electoral College has been in effect for nearly two hundred years and has positively proven itself time after time. In the election of 2000, the race between the candidates was a close one. Al Gore maintained a slightly higher number of individual votes, but George Bush gained enough electoral votes to win based on the states he secured. Many Americans believed that Gore was better suited for the presidency, yet opinions began to change after the horrible events of September 11th. Just look at the recent polls. Many are now arguing whether or not Gore could have handled this tragic situation as well as Bush. The Electoral College guarantees that only...