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A 22 page paper. Every time the presidential election is close, there is a movement to eliminate the Electoral College. The 2000 presidential election brought another wave of criticism and calls to abolish this election process. Would that be a good idea? Would plurality elections, one person, one vote, be more democratic? This essay explains what the electoral college is and how it works. The writer discusses the origins of the Electoral College and why our founding fathers chose to use the electoral college instead of another system, such as a plurality vote. Lastly, the writer discusses why it works and reports the election disputes in the history of the country; the Electoral College could be blamed for only one of the few disputes in history. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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(Rothwell, 2001). Rothwell reports it was also the "only move by a state legislature to declare its own slate of electors since the election of 1876; and the only entry
of the Supreme Court into a presidential election in our history" (2001, p 8). Of course, in 1876, five of the Supreme Court justices were on the Electoral Commission in
1876 so the Justices were also involved in the 1876 election (Rothwell, 2001). A lot of "firsts" in modern presidential elections were seen in the 2000 election. The
2000 election left the country wondering if the Electoral College was such a good idea in the first place. How could one candidate get more of the peoples votes and
lose the election? It doesnt make sense. . . or does it? If this is a democracy, people asked, how can the candidate with the most votes lose the election?
People asked, how can a state legislature, i.e., the Florida State Legislature, interfere in the election process by declaring its own electors? People asked, since when does the U.S. Supreme
Court have the power to get involved in the presidential election? Finally, people asked, doesnt my vote count for anything? These are serious questions in a very serious political
situation - we are talking about the President of the United States, still referred to as the most powerful leader in the free society. The questions are not new, however,
in fact, every time there is a snag in the presidential election process, there are renewed proposals to do away with the electoral college (Rothwell, 2001). The last two times,
before the Gore-Bush election, the electoral college was questioned seriously were after the very close races of 1968 and 1976 (Rothwell, 2001). Following the 2000 presidential election, a bill was