Electoral College Voting

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Voting could be considered the most prestigious principle for the definition of democracy. The ability to vote for an official, governor, representative, or president has been a cherished one and has kept the powerful in check by giving the power to the people. In this modern generation, voting is not considered a privilege, it is a right, but there are devious loopholes in the fallible laws that have violated the rights of the majority of citizens. These loopholes have given the power of choice back to the hands of the powerful, and they do so through covert methods, some thought out and created by the founding fathers themselves. The fault rightfully shifts to the Electoral College. Once a proud entity during the early development of Colonial…show more content…
However, in 24 states electors can disregard the popular vote to cast their ballot for their own preference. "And that's happened over eighty times. In 2004, a Minnesota elector voted for "John Ewards", which was almost the name of John Kerry's running mate," (It’s Time To Abolish). Utilizing a system so unfair to elect a president is completely undemocratic, and past attempts towards abolishing the College have been politically impossible. There are ample reasons for why this system should be omitted, and their origins begin when the founding fathers made the structure of the American…show more content…
In 1856 the vote shifted to all white males. In 1870 the right to vote was given to all African Americans, but it did not last because of Southern State’s Jim Crow laws in 1889. These disenfranchisement laws were placed to once again limit the rights of all Black Americans. To severely prohibit the ability for blacks to vote, people did all they could to make it as difficult as possible for most free slaves and their next generation to simply stay out of the nominations entirely. These Southern states would remake franchise laws to enable a strict regulation on being eligible to vote. For instance, disenfranchisement Jim Crow laws were made to keep felons from obtaining representation for life, and then laws were passed to make minor crimes into felonies. Since most state officials knew that there existed a strong presence of racism and nativism in the law enforcement, they successfully created a devious scheme to imprison a large amount of Black Americans for a short period of time, and then release them while reaping most black males’ right to fair representation. “A lot of these laws [Jim Crow laws] are still on the books today. They were never repealed, and they're still stopping African-Americans from voting." It wasn’t until women gained the right to vote in the Women’s Suffrage Act of 1920 that people began to battle unfair voting regulations, and finally in 1965 everyone had

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