The Electoral College Argumentative Essay

The Electoral College
This paper argues that the Electoral college, unique to American politics, is the equivalent of a constitutional dinosaur. The paper uses examples that illustrate how the process actually thwarts the will of the people.
# 23574 | 1,284 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 16, 2003 in Political Science (Election and Campaigns) , Political Science (U.S.)

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Unique to the American democratic experiment, the Electoral College awards slates of electors from each state numerically equal to the state's congressional delegation, representatives plus senators. The paper shows that the electoral college, originally established to address regional divides and the fear of a demagogue, is an anqituated process that distorts voter participation. Fundamentally, the process is unfair because it violates the 'one man one vote' principle of America's democratic republic.

From the Paper:

"However, according to Akhil Amar, a constitutional scholar at Yale University, "improvements in communications technology and the rise of political parties," make regional candidates very unlikely today (Amar 2). Furthermore, sharp regional issues such as slavery and tariffs are absent from the current political landscape. Some proponents of the current system point to the current election where George W. Bush won almost all of the southern and mountain states, while Al Gore won the pacific northwest and the New England states, as evidence that regional divides still linger. However, these are not the regional divides that the founders feared because each candidate still had significant appeal in every region of the country. Even in the infant days of the republic, the founders recognized that the Electoral College was, in the words of James Madison, "the worst possible system except perhaps for all the rest" (Best 23). However, since many of the problems that prevented a direct popular election no longer exist, the Electoral College is the equivalent of a "constitutional dinosaur" (Amar 3)."

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