Electoral College Thesis

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The Electoral College
Kylie Noonan
Mr. Hannigan
CIS POL SCI Position Paper
University of Minnesota/White Bear Lake Area High School The United States of America is a country based on the ideas and plans of its Founding Fathers. One of the many ideas outlined in the Constitution is the designation of an Electoral College, which has played a major role in the election of every president that has stepped into the highest office in the land. The president of the United States is one of the most coveted and vital roles in the world. Because of its importance, the selection of the next president is a rigorous yet methodical process. Since its creation, the U.S. government has passed an innumerable amount of policies and laws, each
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has experienced. A small amount of election systems have lasted since the birth of a country, in the case of the U.S., about two hundred and forty years. This alone shows that through good and bad times, the current system of presidential election can stay steadfast and elect leaders that have helped the nation grow, arguably, into the most important country in the world. Despite that reality, many people believe our country would be better off without the Electoral College. That group of people believes that there are other ways to more accurately represent the American people. On five occasions the Electoral College has been blamed for the election of Presidents that did not win the popular vote. Especially after the most current example of that, the 2016 election, questions have risen over the accuracy of the Electoral College. Although there is sizable argument against the Electoral College, the harm that could be caused with this change is considerably larger than the problems with the how the Electoral College is conducted …show more content…
Although it keeps the Electoral College intact, it changes how it is used. The National Popular Vote Compact would need enough states to agree to give their electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote. If the campaign were able to get enough states on board so they reached two hundred seventy electoral votes, the presidential election would be chosen by the popular vote. This is a way for the advocates of the direct national vote to get around having to gain enough support to change the Constitution. However, there are some very serious issues with this idea. First, the electors would not always be properly representing their state. This would anger many people because in many cases all of a state’s electoral votes would be given to a candidate that did not win the popular vote of their state. Second, assuming someone would challenge this interstate compact, it would then need approval from the U.S. Supreme Court in accordance to the Compact Clause of the Constitution (Sherman 4). Before it even reaches the Supreme Court, it will be very difficult to get enough states to sign this compact and then it would be even more challenging to convince the Supreme Court that it is