When the politicians of the party in power have drawn out the voters’ map, they maintain power over the lines of the map. This allows the politicians to select one representative from each district to represent the majority of the voters in that district. This can benefit a political party because it allows them to have more seats in the house. “Eliminating gerrymandering would not by itself dramatically increase the competitiveness of house and state….between the two major political parties” (Mann, Thomas
The drawings usually consist of cracking or packing to provide a certain party a political advantage over the opposing party. Another way political parties influence congressional elections is through candidate backing as well as, candidate recruitment. Political parties have recently been more active in seeking candidates to endorse for campaigns et al., 2007). Political parties recruit politicians they think the public will identify with and ultimately support. If a person or politician is conflicted on running for a congressional position, the party will often sway
In the presidential election a candidate must receive a majority of Electoral College votes, a very difficult task for a party that is up against two of the most historically rooted and powerful parties in America. Although the third parties may be influential, their impact is very limited because “they rarely receive enough support to capture a state’s Electoral College votes” since “support is concentrated” (Hernnson, 3). This acts as a domino effect; if they cannot elect candidates to represent their party then they lose any type of recognition and political influence, let alone a place for their name on a voting ballot. Getting on the voting ballot itself can be an obstacle for third parties. The two major parties have a great advantage; they don’t have to worry about making it on the ballot in the first place because of their large following.
Not only did they contribute to the overall presidential election but they were influential in how people began to view others through the media. The difference between Kennedy and Nixon’s overall appearance and body language was able to speak louder than words. It gave off a sense of professionalism which lead the audience to chose one side over the other. Had Kennedy been less prepared and less physically appealing, his audience may have leaned more towards Nixon and may have changed the world entirely. Physical appearance, body language, and nonverbal cues and messages have become so important in today’s time in age and has been a prominent factor in how the rest of the world makes their decisions, especially when it comes to presidential
They both went back and forth at each other making sly remarks, and stating the facts to upgrade their candidacy stock. Trump bringing up Hillary’s email situation and Hillary putting Trump on blast for not paying his federal taxes. To make themselves clear on what they stood for, they made detailed explanations backed up by highly credible evidence. Each candidate both used rhetorical devices to persuade their followers to agree on the ideas they had to fix problems within the country and they used logic fallacies to inaccurately convince their followers. Both candidates made more statements directed towards each other than they did on what they actually stood for.
For instant, if I was a Republican this would be a great opportunity to lead in an election. Since most of the people voting Democrat, will possibly be turned away because they were unable to provide the required documentation by law. However, if I was Democrat, this could be considered a hindrance for my supports to vote. I really don’t see the equality of how an individual can be allowed to vote by absentee vote if they are not on active military duty. For instance, college students, who are permitted to vote absentee.
Congressional elections revolve around the ideas and opinions of who can run for office,for how long and when they are able to.Although the congressional election process seems very complex,the elections are not very competitive because of three main reasons.These reasons include incumbent protection,gerrymandering and redistricting. An incumbent is someone who is currently holding office.Incumbents use tactics like safe seats in attempt to ensure their position in office.Therefore an incumbent is less likely to lose his or her place in office,because they have many protections.Another reason that congressional elections are not very competitive is gerrymandering. Gerrymandering is the product of district lines being drawn in such a way that
Rationale: Personally, I find Donald Trump irrational and unsuitable to become the next American President. Accordingly, I have been having a trouble understanding the popularity and support he has. For this reason, I wanted to investigate on his speech, especially its linguistic features, in order to comprehend why and how people have faith in him. Hence, for the written task for Part 2 – Language and mass communication of the course, I have decided to write an article by a critic in reaction to Donald Trump’s announcement of his candidacy for President of the United States, which was delivered on the sixteenth of June, 2015. An article is appropriate for this task because it allows me to express my understanding and opinion.
The elections are just are around the corner for our country. This is evident by the plethora of campaign advertisements, election polls, and news that we get bombarded with each day. This upcoming election, however, is in more ways than one, interesting. Presidential candidates are at a record-high with 130 presidential hopefuls (Esmaquel II), a strong-willed mayor who has been quite indecisive about his candidacy finally decided to run, and of course, the multiple disqualification cases filed against a presidential candidate. The disqualification cases that have been filed against the candidate are of different reasons, one being the reason that she is not qualified to run for office because she has not lived for at least ten years in
Politics and Debating There are 7,463,973,000 people,237 countries, and 237 national leaders in the world. Since not all countries elect their leaders in a democratic way, there are much fewer presidents in the world. These chosen, special leaders of the nations must have great abilities that can lead to the nation’s wealth and world peace, and presidential candidates often show these abilities to the voters through presidential debates. However, some people argue that having great debating ability doesn’t prove the person’s aptitude as a president. This is not true, and the ability to debate well is highly needed.
Once more, he confronted Stephen Douglas running for the Southern Democratic gathering. On election day, the voters of Illinois chose members of the state legislature who in turn reelected Douglas to the Senate in January 1859. Although Lincoln lost, the Republicans received more popular votes than the Democrats, signaling an important shift in the political character of the state. Moreover, Lincoln had gained a reputation throughout the North. He was invited to campaign for Republican candidates in other states and was now mentioned as a candidate for the presidency.
If the people were to elect the president directly, certain situations/problems wouldn’t be as analyzed like the Electoral College analyzes it. (McGraw Hill pg.385) If we were to get rid of the electoral college the states with a higher population would dominate the elections, therefore, leaving the small rural states unnoticed or with no voice. That would be very unfair towards rural areas, the present system gives the state’s power more strength and secures our federal system’s strength. (McGraw Hill pg.385) In order to make our voice be heard toward the candidate of our choice we should participate in campaigns as well as voting. The majority of our population doesn’t take the time to get politically involved and vote, making their opinion towards our government overlooked.
The people of each state vote for the electors who then cast their votes on the people’s behalf. “As the 2000 election reminded us, the Electoral College does make it possible for a candidate to win the popular vote and still not become president” (Miller, J., 2008, February 11), yet that is less a result of the Electoral College and more a result of the way states allocate balloters. In every state except Maine and Nebraska, voters are honored on a champ take-all premise. So if a competitor wins a state by even a restricted edge, he or she wins the majority of the state 's discretionary votes. The winner take-all framework is not governmentally commanded; states are allowed to dispense their constituent votes as they wish (Miller, J., 2008, February 11).
The Electoral College is a crucial component of how the President of The United States is elected. The votes cast by the Electoral College can outweigh the popular vote of the American public, so it would be consequential for the American public to be aware of the Electoral College and have at least a basic understanding of how it works. This, however, is sadly not the case. Even some of today’s elected officials are not up to date on how the government works. The Intercollegiate Studies Institute ran a poll of twenty-five hundred randomly selected Americans, out of the members of that poll that were elected officials only fifty-three percent of them answered correctly when asked if they knew what the Electoral College’s function was.