When voters go to the polls in November 2004, what will they be voting for? Will they be casting votes for the future president of the United States? No, despite popular belief, the president is not elected by popular vote. The votes citizens cast in November will be for state electors. These electors are part of the Electoral College, the institution that determines the next president of the United States. Among legislators, the Electoral College has been one of the most debated topics. Over 700 amendments have been placed before Congress since the Electoral College’s inception in 1787. Those supporting the Electoral College claim that it is an important aspect of federalism and that the proposals for reform would cause more problems than they would fix. Many of the proponents emphatically state that the Electoral College has done its job, why fix something that has worked correctly?
Redel, Jocelyn, "Rethinking the Electoral College: Processes, Historical Foundations, and Current Debates" (2004). WWU Honors Program Senior Projects. 274.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Electoral college--United States; Presidents--United States--Election
student projects; term papers
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