The Electoral College

Assignment Details

Instructions

The Electoral College becomes a hot topic of discussion during each presidential election, and arguments for and against the Electoral College are fiercely debated. The National Archives and Records Administration has a helpful description of the Electoral College: “The Electoral College is a process, not a place. The founding fathers established it in the Constitution as a compromise between election of the President by a vote in Congress and election of the President by a popular vote of qualified citizens. The Electoral College process consists of the selection of the electors, the meeting of the electors where they vote for President and Vice President, and the counting of the electoral votes by Congress.”

For this Assignment, read the information about the Electoral College located at the National Archives and Records Administration. You can begin here: https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/about.html. Perform some additional research on the Electoral College. Then, create a voice-over PowerPoint presentation between 7 to 8 slides that explains the arguments for why the Electoral College is still necessary in our presidential election process. Explore the arguments for abolishing the Electoral College. Compare and contrast the opposing arguments and form a conclusion, based upon your research, as the whether the Electoral College process should be used in future elections. The presentation should be persuasive and include speaker notes and embedded audio recordings explaining the content presented on each slide.

PowerPoint Format:

  • Include appropriate title slide(s) for each section of your presentation.
  • Use the slide notes section in the presentation to include information that follows your narration, being sure to follow the conventions of Standard English.
  • Slide content should include brief points that identify the areas that will be addressed in the narration. Do not add too much content to each slide; the slides should only provide the highlights of what is being discussed in your narration.
  • At least 3 in-text citations from either the course text or other scholarly sources should be included with brief points that were researched. The narration should fully explain the points.
  • Cite all sources on a separate reference slide at the end of the PowerPoint and reference each source in the body of the presentation using 6th edition APA formatting and citation style.
  • Identify the source of any pictures you use, being sure to cite them correctly using 6th edition APA style in-text citations.

Narration Guidelines:

  • Maintain a professional tone by summarizing observations and evaluations for each slide.
  • Ensure that your presentation is highly ordered, logical, and unified.
  • The oral presentation should also include a highly developed and sustained viewpoint and purpose.
  • Words should be clearly enunciated and professional tone should be sustained throughout the presentation narration.
  • Superior oral delivery techniques, including word choice and oral expressiveness, display exceptional content, organization, and style, while leading the audience to a dynamic and supported conclusion.
  • Audio recording should be free of background noise and interruptions.

For additional help with APA, visit the University Writing Center.

For assistance with embedding the audio into your PowerPoint presentation, please make use of this tutorial.

Submit your presentation to the Dropbox no later than the end of this unit.

  • Length should be 8–10 slides, excluding title slide and references slide
  • Viewpoint and purpose should be clearly established and sustained
  • Assignment should follow the conventions of Standard American English (correct grammar, punctuation, etc.).
  • Writing should be well ordered, logical and unified, as well as original and insightful
  • Your work should display superior content, organization, style, and mechanics
  • Appropriate citation style should be followed