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TIME FOR REFORM CONSIDERING THE FAILURES OF THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE Description This paper discusses the many shortcomings of the Electoral College and posits possible alternative electoral processes which likely be more democratic Time for Reform Considering the failures of the Electoral College A common misconception among American is that when they vote they elect the President The truth is not nearly this simple What in fact happens when a person votes is that there vote goes for an Elector This Elector who is selected by the respective state in which a vote is cast casts ballots for two individuals the President and the Vice-President Each state has the same number of electors as there are Senate and House of Representative members for that State When the voting has stopped the candidate who receives the majority of the Electoral votes for a state receives all the electoral votes for that state All the votes are transmitted to Washington DC for tallying and the candidate with the majority of the electoral votes wins the presidency If no candidate receives a majority of the vote the responsibility of selecting the next President falls upon the House of Representatives This elaborate system of Presidential selection is thought by many to be an 18th century anachronism Hoxie p 717 what it is in fact is the product of a 200 year old debate over who should select the President and why In 1787 the Framers in their infinite wisdom saw the need to respect the principles of both Federalists and States Righters republicans Hoxie p 717 Summarily a compromise was struck between those who felt Congress should select the President and those who felt the states should have a say In 1788 the Electoral College was indoctrinated and placed into operation The College was to allow people a say in who lead them but was also to protect against the general publics ignorance of politics Why
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