Electoral College Strengths and Weaknesses

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Analyse the strengths and weakness of the Electoral College (15 marks)

The Electoral College is an old and complicated system set up by the Founding Fathers to elect the Executive branch. It was created in order to put a layer in the system of electing president as they did not fully trust democracy. As a result, the outcome of the president election is not determined by simply adding the national vote of each of the candidates. Each state is allocated a number of ECVs, one for each senator and one for each congressman. For example California would receive 55 ECVs due to the fact that they have 53 reps and 2 senators. Whichever candidate wins a majority of votes in a state, wins all of the states ECVs.

The system proved to be a success since It requires candidates to concentrate on key groups of voters (men, women, ethnic groups, old, young, rich and poor all have different concerns) and to focus on all regions of the nation, with their distinct issues and needs. This will provide the nation with candidates who have the ability to address the majorities needs if not meet them. The Electoral College ensures that the States with the smallest populations can have a significant impact on the outcome of the election. While it is important to win large States, such as California and Texas, in a close race it is important not to neglect the small Sates. The 12 smallest states Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming together account for only 17 (of 435) representatives in the House. However, in the Electoral College the same states account for 41 electoral votes.

However this system has its flaws due to the fact that some states are solidly Democrat whilst others are solidly Republican, voters in these states are taken for granted resulting in little influence in the final result. Therefore, other states, such as swing states have a disproportionate influence over the...
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