The Electoral College
The Electoral College process is part of the original design of the U.S. constitution. The Electoral College was devised by the Founding Fathers to elect the president and vice president. In this essay I will asses whether the system is democratic. I shall do this by discussing its strengths, weaknesses and attempts to reform it.
The Electoral College system has been criticised many times since its establishment. It is seen to contain weaknesses for not fully serving American democracy. The main problem is that the system clearly has the potential to frustrate the electorate. Because of the aggregation of the electoral votes by state, it is possible that a candidate might win the most popular votes but lose in the Electoral College voting, this happened 3 times in the 19th century, but also in the presidential elections of 2000. Although Gore
gained nearly half a million more votes than Bush he didn't gain enough electoral votes to win.
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