Possible Changes to the Electoral College for 2000 Election

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Why Fix What is Not Broken? The phrase “majority rules” is not always true. This is especially true for political elections, particularly for the presidential election. Since a presidential election is decided by the Electoral College, a candidate could become President without receiving a majority of the votes from the American people. The best example of this is the 2000 election, when George Bush beat Al Gore but lost the popular vote. Because of the chance of a “minority president”, some people want to get rid of the Electoral College. There are a number of other ideas to replace the Electoral College including, The District Plan, Proportional Plan, National Bonus Plan and a Direct Popular vote. However, the Electoral College is the best and most efficient way to elect a president. The Electoral College was created to help simplify the process of electing a president. Marc Schulman, an expert in American History said, “The first reason that the founders created the Electoral College is hard to understand today. The founding fathers were afraid of direct election to the Presidency. They feared a tyrant could manipulate public opinion and come to power” (1). When the founding fathers of the Constitution tried to think of a way to elect a president, many different ideas were considered. One of the ideas was to have Congress choose the president. That idea was later shot down because it was thought possible corruption and political bargaining to help benefit a few people trying to advance their political careers and not caring about the well being of the country. Another idea that was thought of was a direct popular vote, where the candidate with the most votes wins. Because of the vast size of the country at the time and the severe lack of technology, trying to count votes and have news of what each candidate stood for in all parts of the country,
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