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In with the Popular Vote out with the Electoral College The recent Presidential election between Al Gore and George W Bush has sparked a controversial flame among American citizens Should we keep the Electoral College or is it time to get rid of it and go by the Nations Popular Vote The Electoral College worked when it was first created but problems have been coming up and deciding the President would be more efficient and less problem-laden if Americans awarded the Presidency to the winner of the popular vote America as a county has grown and evolved and our voting systems should follow suit The Electoral College didnt just spring up all of a sudden Many versions were tried and rejected The first design appointed two senators from each state In order to avoid voting for their favorite son the senators had to choose two candidates that did not represent their home state The candidate with most votes became President and the runner-up became Vice President This design only lasted for four elections The second design differed only slightly Instead of casting two votes for president electors cast one for President and one for Vice President The leaders in each of the categories were elected The Electoral College today is different in more ways than one Not only are our Senators chosen to represent their respective state but voters also appoint other electors according to each states population The larger the population the more electoral votes a state receives In previous designs citizens were not welcome to vote because there was no way to get enough information on a candidate therefore citizens would end up voting for their states candidates rather than the issues Today citizens vote and the appointed electors the two senators and the appropriate number of representatives cast the states electoral votes according to the majority which is decided by the popular vote Although Maine and Nebraska divide their
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