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Time for reform considering the failures of the electoral collegeDescription This paper discusses the many shortcomings of the ElectoralCollege and posits possible alternative electoral processes which likely bemore democratic A common misconception among American is that when they vote they elect the President The truth is notnearly this simple What in fact happens when a person votes is that there vote goes for an Elector ThisElector who is selected by the respective state in which a vote is cast casts ballots for two individuals thePresident and the Vice-President Each state has the same number of electors as there are Senate and Houseof Representative members for that State When the voting has stopped the candidate who receives themajority of the Electoral votes for a state receives all the electoral votes for that state All the votes aretransmitted to Washington DC for tallying and the candidate with the majority of the electoral votes winsthe presidency If no candidate receives a majority of the vote the responsibility of selecting the nextPresident falls upon the House of Representatives This elaborate system of Presidential selection is thoughtby many to be an 18th century anachronism Hoxie p 717 what it is in fact is the product of a 200 year olddebate over who should select the President and whyIn 1787 the Framers in their infinite wisdom saw the need to respect the principles of both Federalists andStates Righters republicans Hoxie p 717 Summarily a compromise was struck between those who feltCongress should select the President and those who felt the states should have a say In 1788 the ElectoralCollege was indoctrinated and placed into operation The College was to allow people a say in who lead thembut was also to protect against the general publics ignorance of politics Why the fear of the peoplesignorance of politics It was argued that the people left to their own devices could be swayed by a fewdesigning men to elect a king or demagogue McManus
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