Abstract

The intent of this thesis is to evaluate the Electoral College, and the Winner Takes All System in the United States of America. In order to understand how the Electoral College works, we need to go back to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 and discuss the reasoning of the founders, along with outlining the changes to the Electoral College after the Constructional Convention. We will also discuss the five occasions where the Electoral College and the popular vote clashed. Then we will discuss the arguments for keeping the Electoral College the same, the arguments for the establishment of the Popular Vote, and outline other alternatives to the Electoral College, along with the potential pros and cons of each of these proposed solutions. Lastly, we will reflect on what we know now, and outline the uncertain future of the Electoral College and the Winner Takes All System.

Thesis Completion

2020

Semester

Summer

Thesis Chair

Marien, Daniel

Degree

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

College

College of Sciences

Department

Political Science

Degree Program

Political Science

Language

English

Access Status

Open Access

Release Date

8-1-2020

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