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Many Americans take pride in the fact that the United States has a democratic form of rule They believe they directly elect their officials to represent them This is no true in all cases The Presidency is not a directly elected office Many Americans do not realize they do not vote for the President The Electoral College actually elects the President The Electoral College is a flawed institution that needs to be reformed The Framers of the Constitution devised the electoral system based on the fact they had little faith voters would be making the best decision It was a check on the power of the voters The Framers saw themselves above most citizens The average citizen was not well educated and therefore may make an unwise decision This is no longer the case Before any debate it was assumed the best system of electing the president was to have congress do it However if congress was to elect the president then the president might feel an obligation to help congress get certain laws passed by not vetoing This would put a dent in the checks and balances system Even with this problem the system was voted for and approved on four different occasions McGauhey 80 Basically the Electoral College system works like this today Every ten years the census figures adjusts how many representatives each state has This number plus two representing the two senators equals how many electors each state has Also Washington DC has 3 electors Then each state has the right to decide how to select these electors Forty-eight states use the general ticket system two Maine and Nebraska use the district system The general ticket system is supposed to operate as follows There is a direct vote election held in each state and the winner of the vote is suppose to get all of that states electoral votes In 24 states the electors are required to vote as
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