Write an essay in which you:

1. Describe the structure and function of the Electoral College.

  • How and when was it created in the United States?
  • Why was it created, and by whom?

2. Compare the Electoral College to a popular vote approach for elections.

  • How does the Electoral College system operate/function?
  • What are consequences of using an Electoral College system versus a popular vote? Use the 2000 and 2016 presidential elections as examples.

3. Assess the value of an individual citizen’s vote under the Electoral College system.

  • Why does the United States still use the Electoral College for presidential elections today?