Reassessing advantages in the Electoral College
Griffin, Kathryn Grace
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The debate over the Electoral College focuses largely on the intentions of the framers and the supposed advantage to minority voters. Studies on the subject often take a highly normative approach, which has created a series of missteps in regards to both the analysis of the origin of the Electoral College and advantages to minorities. The purpose of this thesis is to remedy both of these issues. First, a thorough analysis of the Records of the Constitutional Convention reveals the institutional organization allowed delegates in favor of electors to get their preferred outcome. Second, additional considerations of minority voting habits demonstrates growing minority populations are increasing Electoral College vote allotments while simultaneously decreasing voting rates. The thesis investigates both the Electoral College’s origin and modern realities greatly adding to our understanding of the U.S. executive election system.