Electoral College Essay

Essay by deliasantanderHigh School, 12th gradeA, October 2014

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The Electoral College is not on the votes cast directly by the people but by a group of people elected by the citizens. This group of officials known also as "presidential electors" is the Electoral College. Each state is assigned a certain number of candidates. In total, the United States has 538 presidential electors. These officials decide which candidates will become the next president and vice president of the United States. I think the Electoral College should be abolished for many reasons. To begin with, it gives more weight to the votes cast in small states. Second, since the Electoral College is "winner takes all", people who disagree with the majority in their state are not represented. Finally, the people should have the right to choose who ruled their country since they are capable enough to do so.

"The electoral map could be used to argue for abolishing this simply because of complexity.

Also it shows how unfair the system is. A candidate, who loses popular California by a few votes, receives no electoral votes to show for his or her effort. "(Document A). The Electoral College gives disproportionate power relative to the states vote, which favors smaller states with more electoral votes per person. It means that the smaller states are overrepresented and their votes have more weight than they should per person, compared with larger populations have less weight per person. I think it's unfair.

Based in Document B "The independent candidates - Anderson in 1980 and Perot in 1992 - received no electoral votes. This is unfair. Anderson got 7% of the popular vote; Perot got 19% of the popular vote. The winner-take-all Electoral College system caused Anderson and Perot to disappear electoral vote in the court". It means that the candidate who receives the...