Pros And Cons Of The Electoral College

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“Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector” (U.S. Constitution, Article 2, Section 1). The Electoral College is a system articulated by the Founding Fathers in the original draft of Constitution about the idea that the higher officials in society should elect the President, not the common people. While the Electoral College has proven to balance power within states, it has also been proven to be flawed for several reasons, it gives less dense population states more say than higher…show more content…
One of the Electoral College provisions is that it allows the American public the ability change their opinions of a candidate throughout the electoral process. Amy Witherbee explains “The Electoral College system does contain a provision for the eventuality that no one candidate receives more than 50 percent of the electorate. Rather than an expensive run-off that would force the American public to think seriously about the important choice before it, the electoral system allows electors to shift their support to another candidate of their own choosing.” Another provision of the Electoral College is how the system allows the smaller states to keep a principal spot within elections. A political science professor wrote, “...that without the Electoral College, candidates would spend all their time campaigning in big cities and would ignore low-population areas” (Speel). The reason for the division of power is so no state can be overlooked within the campaign process. This provision also stands as a protection of the smaller states' beliefs and their positions within
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