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The Electoral College was devised in the drafting of the US Constitution and continues to this day to remain the primary procedure in the election of the presidency However many people in todays world do not believe we need the Electoral College any longer The Electoral College has been a part of America since the constitution and to remove it would destroy everything our ancestors have fought for The Electoral College was developed to assign the duty of selecting the presidency to responsible and intelligent people whose choice was not affected by any particular political party Although the US and its political parties have changed dramatically since the drafting of the constitution the need for the Electoral College is still present The Electoral College has had its share of mistakes for example in the election of 1800 there was major confusion when Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr tied for the presidency In this election the House of Representatives then made the decision to elect Jefferson president and Burr became the Vice President This created much confusion in the White House because Burr and Jefferson were of different parties After this event the 12th Amendment to the US Constitution prevented a tie from occurring again and almost certainly guaranteed that the President and Vice President would be of the same party This event was indee d a flaw in the electoral system but it was corrected and the system has remained strong The electoral system has changed a lot since its development and it will continue to need changes to adapt to the changing times but it should not be thrown out completely The history of the Electoral College begins with the framers of the Constitution and Article II Section 1 of the US Constitution In the Constitution the method of selecting the electors is given to the separate state legislatures Each state would receive as many presidential electors as it has senators and representatives
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