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The Electoral College has been used to elect the President since the beginnings of the United States In the two hundred some odd years of history there have been instances when the college did not work There have been many ideas that have floated around about fixing the problem with the electorate Then again there are many plusses to using the Electoral College system In an election the President is elected not by the popular vote but by the votes of the electorates The electorates are representative of each state There are a number of electorates per state equal to the amount of persons in both the House of Representatives and the Senate The District of Columbia also has three votes to cast One of the major drawbacks to the Electoral College is the fact that it can at times be very undemocratic If a candidate wins the votes in certain states and gets all their electoral votes it is possible to win the Presidency without getting the most popular vote In the 1800s there were three instances where the Electoral College disagreed with the popular vote On the same note in 1968 the race would have ended up in congress shy of a few votes for George Wallace Again in 1976 the electoral vote gave Gerald Ford the victory even though Jimmy Carter one the most popular support How would you fix this problem there is no easy answer to this question One way to solve this is send percentages of electoral votes or ignore the winner-take all system For instance say that in Florida who has 25 votes 80 percent of the popular vote supports the democratic nomination whereas the other 20 percent went for the republican nomination Then 20 electoral votes would go to the democrat and 5 would go to the republican Another way to solve this problem would be to base electoral votes solely on the population separate the nation
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