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In order to increase the ease of creating and establishing a federal government with a central figure of office the framers of the Constitution created the Electoral College The College was formed to ease the process of electing a president every four years The idea behind the Electoral College was that each state received a certain number of electoral votes according to its population all of which went to the candidate who won that States popular vote In this day and age questions arise as to whether or not this is the best and most efficient method of electing this nations most powerful office There exists some possibilities however unlikely that the popular vote and the Electoral vote could conflict and the candidate whom more people desire as president would lose out to a person who won more electoral college votes but less popular Consider this scenario State A has 20 Electoral College votes State B has 10 There are 100 people in State A and 50 people in State B In State A 51 people vote for Joe and 49 for Jack In State B 1 person votes for Joe and 9 people vote for Jack This all totals up to 51 popular votes for Joe and 58 for Jack but 20 Electoral Votes for Joe and 10 for Jack Joe wins the election yet Jack had more people vote for him This can be taken even to the largest scale for this very incident has occurred in our nations history In the presidential race of 1888 between Grover Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison Cleveland won the populace by over 100000 votes but when broken down into Electoral College votes Harrison won by a rather large margin Hively 75 This argument remains at the forefront of the Electoral College reform movement The thought that a plurality of voters may not elect a president is ghastly to many people especially that majority of
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