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The Electoral College and Proposed Reform Policies Receiving 300000 more votes than his best opponent Candidate A was clearly the favorite among the eight million citizens who placed their vote Much to his and the rest of the countrys surprise however he was not elected due to a legal ramification that instead awarded the office to Candidate B Does this sound like a fable taking place in a non-Democratic unorganized country In fact the above scenario was the United States Presidential election of 1876 between Democrat Samuel J Tilden Candidate A and Republican Rutherford B Hayes Candidate B Thanks to a confusing and rarely publicly understood Constitutional system known as the Electoral College United States citizens can still be supremely governed by leaders not chosen by the majority The founding fathers of our nation met in Philadelphia on May 25th 1787 for the Constitutional Convention On August 31st a committee of eleven persons was formed to resolve disputes between the large and small states regarding house legislatures and executive voting methods Two major methods of electing the president were being debated at the Convention congressional elections and direct voting It was initially assumed that the best system was congressional elections by congressmen elected by direct popular vote These individuals would then represent the people by electing the president and vice president themselves Issues arose that included a possible feeling of obligation from presidents to not veto bills that were being pushed by a backing Senate Best 9 unreliable assessments of the citizens desires by Congress Longley R and elections that better reflected the opinions and political agendas of the members of Congress than the actual will of the people Longley R The opposing executive voting plan was the direct vote system backed primarily at the Convention by James Madison James Wilson and Governor Morris This was the only true form of voting democracy because it provided for presidents to be elected solely
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