Robert G. Click
02 November 08
The Electoral College: Can it still work.
In the United States today politics and business are often associated with each other in a uncharacteristically negative way when the public speaks of our countries leaders. Today a fast growing number of Americans doubt that our elected representation including the presidency, are in line with the concepts the nations founding fathers had for our Country. One argument made for this, is the outcome of the last presidential election, in which the 43 President of the United States was elected without having the majority in the popular vote. The majority of Americans voted for a other candidate who could not gather a majority of the electoral votes, so where did the electoral college fail? This question is being raised across the Nation, with voters who believe that the popular vote does not seem to have any kind of effect on the outcome of the election, which creates a major concern about the electoral college. The Constitutional Convention created the Electoral College in 1789 in hopes that it would be an adequate system (MacBride 29). The Electoral College is made up of Congressional Representatives and senators who cast the Votes for the states they represent. The believe behind this System is that Americans are too uninformed about election issues to cast an educated vote, which is not be as true as it was during its conception, with growing availability of News media and the Internet.
The argument for maintaining the electoral college is that it represents an effective institution. First the format proves its worth. The college was designed to represent the popular vote, by awarding every state a number of votes determined, by it's number of Senators and Congressional Representatives. In addition, the pure efficiency in which it has served the public provides a reason for its long lasting existence. “An electoral system should produce a...