The United States’ Electoral College is an archaic system of “genius” that abuses minority groups, disenfranchises the lone

voter, and doesn’t always give an accurate representation of what the populace of America really wants. Put into action by the enactment of the United States Constitution, and envisioned by the founding fathers as a way to ensure that “fairness in elections would prevail,” the Electoral College is a system in which the popular vote is represented by the “more informed” electors. In the early days of the United States, the populous was uneducated as a whole, and because of this factor, it was felt that the average American citizen would not make the best choices for a proper election or what would be in the best interest of the country. This conception of the public’s stupidity/naivety at the time, and expectations for the future, ushered in the age of the Electoral College. Those who were informed became the voice of those who wanted their desires heard. Representative democracy at work with every person being represented equally, sounded pretty federalist to those who designed this system and within the scope of what the country was founded upon and seemed destined for the ages. The Electoral College serves as a representation of what the public wants, but allows the political minds, or electors, to pick what they believe is the best choice, based on what they know about the popular opinion. Though states differ on exact policy, the electors are chosen a few months prior to Election Day by a couple of standards put in place by the Constitution; Electors must not hold any federal office and must not have committed any treasonous or defiant actions toward the United States. The electors can be chosen by the state legislature, or in the case of Maine and Nebraska, electoral districts. These electors meet on Election Day to formally vote for the President and Vice President. These electors will “pledge” to vote for the candidate of their party, but nothing in the Constitution binds them to do so. States, however, may have laws to

punish these “faithless” electors. 1876. The numbers game . The most glaring flaw of the Electoral College is the misrepresentation of the popular vote. that the rest of the United States isn’t normally campaigned. than anywhere else in America. It is argued that the “winner-take-all” method is to blame for this. This brings to question why the Electoral College system is still in use. When citizens realize how their vote doesn’t matter. This major flaw skews the true wants of the nation and essentially disenfranchises every voter in the country. This process. When you look at campaigns over the past thirty or so years. the vote is still accounted for in the national election. becomes the temporary president. but. through and through.” with its use of electoral districts. it has no legal power over the Electoral College. It has been shown in enough elections to be a valid flaw in its system.” in which there is a tie between presidential or vice presidential candidates. it’s still abused because of gerrymandering. Congress meets in a joint session after all the electoral votes are gathered. you notice that politicians focus more of their attention on the eleven states with the most electoral power. and 2000 show complete irrelevance of the United States popular vote. It has become so focused on these states. This decreased voter participation just continues to justify how pointless the popular vote is becoming. or large states that could go either way in an election. Though the popular vote has influence. then Vice President. or the redrawing of districts to extinguish the worth of minorities and interest groups. in theory. and the votes are tallied by the President of the Senate for President. it decreases the turnout to elections. 1888. with the exception of Michigan. The rare case of “deadlock. By order of the 12th Amendment from the Constitution. has a great number of flaws muddling it. The elections of 1824. Even in Maine and Nebraska. “Winner-takes-all” mentality has created an over-centralized focus on the large swingstates. until this is resolved. where it’s “more fair. the new Vice President or acting Speaker of the House.

. when you take into account how vast the population differences are. Sure.293. To put that into perspective. Republican) it gives them more power than the average to large states. Though they have fewer votes. The electoral system has become too favorable to smaller states as the populations grow in the United States as a whole. Because less populous states often tend to vote one party or the other. their electoral votes actually hold more clout and are worth more in comparison to their small populations. Alaska has a population of 686. Alaska’s three “gimme” votes are worth more overall than Georgia’s fifteen electoral votes. The electoral system is so strongly in place. but they will not win. Because of this fear. that electors will likely never be influenced enough by popular vote to “go out on a limb. leaving no room for an independent party to have a chance. independent parties will probably never see election in our current system. According to the “equality” of the Electoral College. Alaska has 1/5th the power of Georgia. it encourages a two-party system. thirty-nine states. The Electoral College system makes the potential of this happening pretty much nil. By this. Electors fear the opposing party will win if the primary party of their state is divided. become almost entirely irrelevant to the candidates upon whom they cast a vote. correct? This a huge fundamental flaw in the Electoral College.” and waste their vote. Truly an accurate representation of what America’s population as a whole wants. and Georgia has a population well over 9 million. they’re perfectly capable of competing in the election. Though this may be the least important in the electoral system’s faults.that the electoral system has created shows that a candidate may need only the eleven largest states to win an election. whose voters are just as American and mindful of what they want. (in recent years. while having a population equal to roughly 1/15th.

Because of electors being unbridled with their ballot. it has abused the right to vote of many groups. it could be considered oligarchic in the sense.Tying to the skew of results because of the popular vote’s total irrelevance. but in reality. it has. they can vote for whomever they please. after all. The Electoral College has too many flaws to be truly viable today. Given that this runs counter to the very principles that the United States was founded upon. What the founding men of our nation didn’t take into account was the fact that people WILL be people. the Constitution and Bill of Rights protect their civil rights. the Electoral College disenfranchises minorities and makes the single vote worthless. are the electors and politicians themselves. makes disenfranchisement of many votes one of the biggest flaw in the United States’ election process. get rid of unsuitable or unfit candidates and it . Since conception. in actuality. The United States system looks like a Representative Democracy in a perfect world. despite the direction and influence of popular vote. and the 13th and 14th Amendments were all clear abuse of its power. that once again. but it isn’t completely worthless. One vote for one citizen becomes a worthless mantra . Because electors and the upper levels of government influencing them are primarily white males. The forefathers of America tried to enact a fair system to represent the public needs. rule is by the privileged few. women’s suffrage. Electoral voting does accomplish its main objective. and always will. The Declaration of Independence declares all men equal. The 3/5’s Compromise. This system looks great on paper and works wonders in a perfect world. but the Electoral College stamps out all of that when they have no genuine power with their vote. it gives no power to minority class citizens. The only people that are represented. It has held the nation together. while giving the real power to educated individuals who would base their decisions on the people voting. They will do what’s in their best interest and perhaps what’s in the best interest for the people around them.

. No longer are voters isolated or unaware of what candidates are proposing and to assume that these voters are incapable of making good choices are somewhat insulting. the United States needs CHANGE. he would probably not have wanted to make a change to the system that helped elect him. It kept an uninformed populace from making what seemed to be inappropriate political choices. As President Obama campaigned. It also gives more power to the smaller states. more representative way of electing a leader. All in all. a much more intelligent nation has evolved over the past 200 or so years. so the United States can usher in a fairer. Because of the global society that the United States has become. and it should be treated as such.generally goes with the public consensus. the Electoral College is a bad system for modern times. This archaic system needs to be retired. but it did what it was intended to do in this nation’s early history. not making them entirely worthless in the grand scheme. Although.