Electoral college Essay

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Relative to many other powerful nations America is still in its infancy. it was founded in 1776, less than three hundred years ago, yet our nation has always been in the forefront of change. America pushed the boundaries of industrial production and set an example during the industrial revolution and most recently pushed boundaries into the computer age. Contrary to all of this our profound sense of nationalism has forced the opposite when it comes to the constitution and the structure of our government. more specifically, the electoral college is an archaic part of the voting system that has not kept up with technological advances. Logically, the Electoral College should be eradicated and the constitution amended in favor of a popular vote. When the Electoral College was formed, information was scarce and the people were not well informed. Well, things have changed since then and the news thrives off of scandal and corruption. During the 2000 election, the Electoral College failed, Al gore received the majority of the popular vote, but lost the Electoral College vote 271 to 266 (Source A). This brings up a major question, if our founding fathers really built a government “of the people by the people and for the people” who do the Electoral College votes represent? I might be missing something, but I don't believe that when a president wins the popular vote by over 400,000 votes he should not become president, in fact “ most Americans believe that the person who receives the most votes should become president. Direct election is seen as more consistent with democratic principles than is the Electoral College system.”(Source B). When America was founded the creators thought that in the time of the wood block press America and the “people at large…will never be sufficiently informed of the [candidates] character”. (Source C) In 1787 the framers of our constitution believed that uneducated Americans would vote for their local candidate and not in the better interest of the country. Well this may have held true in then, times have changed and the media is constantly hounding politicians for any sort of scandals or corruption. The electoral college can sometimes make it feel like your vote doesn't count, for example if you live in New York or Texas, it is generally a foregone conclusion which party will win your state's electoral votes, so your vote has less meaningful and it can feel especially meaningless if you vote on the losing side. On the other hand, if you live in Florida or Ohio, where the outcome is less clear, your vote has a greatly magnified importance. (Source F) Since the electoral college runs on such a system If candidates want a