The complex election process is fascinating because there are so many factors that can change the outcome of the election. Usually in a democracy, the people get to choose their representative but in the United States, we choose representatives that then choose the elector and make the decisions. Democracy gives all people a voice even if they do not have a direct say in the process. However, the candidates must jump through a series of hoops to become president and probably one of the most dificult hoops has the most impact on the outcome: the Electoral College.
A confusing part of the election process for most is the Electoral College system, which entitles a representative to cast their ‘pledged vote’ for a specific candidate. Meaning that even if a candidate wins the popular vote, it does not necessarily mean that they will win the electoral votes.Every state gets a number of electors equal to the number of Representatives. Due to the fact that each state elects the electors based on their population and individual states have more say in the outcome of the election rather than individuals. The Electoral College system has its opposers and supporters and each believe that there is only one way to represent the American population either through direct democracy or partial democracy.
Supporters of the Electoral College system argue that it is best to not have the popular vote dictate the outcome of elections because people only want to satisfy what they want at the moment rather than thinking about the future. The opposers argue that it does not satisfy the majority of the country and it defeats the purpose of a democracy if the people do not have a say in the election. However, the Electoral College is the system that America follows regardless if the popular candidate wins or not. Usually the President who win the electoral votes may have a higher satisfaction rate and therefore, I believe that the electoral college should be untampered with unless it would be to remove any unpartisan bias. The Electoral ensures the voter’s confidence in their candidate if he/she is supported by a group of highly-qualified officials thinking only about the future of the country.
The election process is a controversial one, but in the end most of the presidents receive a high approval rating so there must be some valor in the efforts and the outcome of the electoral college.