Defense of the Electoral College

Defense of the Electoral College

Title: Defense of the Electoral College

Use these sources:

1. Allen Guelzo, “In Defense of the Electoral College.” National Affairs (Winter 2018). In Defense of the Electoral College | National Affairs (Links to an external site.)

2. Darrell M. West, “It’s time to abolish the electoral college.” Brookings Institute (15 October 2019).

It’s time to abolish the Electoral College (brookings.edu) (Links to an external site.)

Then, respond to the following items:

Evaluate the arguments made by Guelzo and West. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the arguments that each makes regarding the electoral college? Who do you think makes the better argument? Please explain.
Whether you would like to see reform to the electoral college or not, why do you think that the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787 designed the electoral college as the means to select the President and did not opt for election by majority vote? Were the delegates misguided at the time or have circumstances changed, thus meriting a change? Or should the electoral college be preserved? Please explain.

 

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