the framers believed it was not a good idea for the people to elect the president directly
the framers believed it was not a good idea for the people to elect the president directly. they wanted to balance the needs of small and large states. out of these concerns came the decision that the president will be elected indirectly. this method is known as the electoral college. the electoral college is made up of 538 members; 100 in Senate 435 in the house of representatives along with three electors for the District of Columbia. a candidate must receive a majority of 270 electoral votes to win the election. the electoral college has the job of officially electing the united states president. the electoral college should be abolished because of the unfairness of the system where if a candidate wins eleven out of fifty states they could win the electoral vote and the election a candidate could win the popular vote but still lose the election due to the electoral vote and votes are held more weight than the average Americans. it is time to develop a new process. add better transition as you can see in document a the smallest number of states a candidate needs to win for the electoral college is eleven states. what this means is that there is an imbalanced representation of electoral votes for the states. this makes the electoral college not truly representative of the population. add better transition. in document d George c Edwards states the electoral college violates political equality. it is not a neutral counting device. it favors some citizens over others depending solely upon the state in which voters cast their votes for president. in the chart on document d the chart illustrates Edwards point and why the electoral college should be abolished because the citizens of Illinois and other large states votes are counted less valued compared to citizens in smaller states. thus their votes are not equal. the electoral college diminishes the principle of one person one vote and therefore should either be altered or abolished. add transition. in document b the independent candidates Anderson in 1980 and Perot in 1992- received no electoral votes. anderson got 7% of the popular vote; Perot got 19%. what this illustrates is that it gives no chance to the third parties. perot did not get any electoral representation because the winner-takes-all system gives it to one winner instead of a proportional win.