Electoral College Analysis and Reform

Apr 22nd, 2015
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Analysis of how to improve electoral college. Criticisms and explanations of the system. Six pages. Discussions of expansion of House of Representatives and possible benefits. Examples and references to specific states.

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Lauren ZamoraGovernment 170 Paper #2Electoral College: Can you teach an old dog new tricks?The United States constitution has been functioning well beyond any living citizens years and continues to promote democracy within the country. However, as the country evolves it is difficult to impose the constitution and not be tempted to improve it in order to suit the changing times. Each state is granted a number of electors proportional to the representation of that state in Congress, the Senate and the House. Each state has two senators and has at least one official in the House; therefore every state has three electors or more. These electors together form the Electoral College and carry the immense responsibility of actually electing the president. The problems with the Electoral College are to be represented in the following claims: the electoral college promotes the possibility of electing a minority president, the risk of "faithless" Electors, the possible role of the Electoral College in discouraging voter turnout, and its failure to correctly reflect the national popular opinion. These claims can be improved with one proposal; to increase the size of the House of Representative to greatly improve the proportion of elector to voters and also to encourage a system in which the electoral votes are distributed among the candidates as they are won.The Electoral College is rightfully scrutinized for its lack of consideration for the rights of the voters and some may v

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