Since the last election, which was decided by the electoral college, I’ve decided to learn more about the electoral college. What it is, why it was made, and what it’s exact purpose is.
So far my understanding is that the electoral college was created by our founding fathers as a compromise for electing the president by a vote in Congress and the popular vote for citizens. Each state is represented by a number depending on a number of delegates, and after the populous of that state votes, the candidate with the most votes wins that number of delegates from the state.
The main concerns about this system are that a candidate can win a popular vote but lose because of the other candidate winning by the electoral vote. The main issue is that this goes against your typical thought of a democracy, where each vote from a citizen should count, and there should only be a popular vote, but the suggested pros to the electoral college are that it eliminates any necessity of a recount and that it includes the states in the election process as an integral part.
So my search for the answer to whether the electoral college is overall good or bad continues…
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