The Electoral College is an outdated system and should be abolished before it turns the tables of an election for the bad. This system of voting was developed in 1787 and has had a strong impact on American citizens for 230 years. The Electoral College was created to take power from over populated states and distribute it to the less populated states. It also serves a higher authority than the popular vote, which can alter the results of many elections. In the 230 years of this system being in action, 4 elections have been modified to set the victor as someone who the population did not want.
“Whoever the majority votes for that given person should be the victor. The current system is undemocratic. The electorate does not officially elect the president, those who are apart of the electorate college elected the president. No other country holds their election in such a convoluted manner.” “Our nation witnessed the result of allowing the Electoral College to determine the
In 2012 218,959,000 people were eligible to vote and only 126,144,000 actually voted this outcome shows people don 't have belief their vote counts due to previous acts of the Electoral College. These non-voters adopting the mindset that they don’t matter or don’t count in the bigger picture; 13.4% 218,959,000 of these people not voting simply did not care on voting. The number one reason for people not voting is them believing their vote does not count and the Electoral College chooses the president either way. The concept of how the Electoral College works is not widely talked about it is mostly seen as being complex and people saying their vote doesn’t count anyways. This influences many voters to not even put up with registering to vote or ever voting at all.
The democrats have stayed with this system more so than the republicans because Nixon and Reagan buried their democrat rivals in the general elections and won by landslides so, they decided that when they have a candidate that they know will not stand up well against the rival party, that they have the ability to impact who gets nominated and possibly field a more successful candidate. If I would have been asked this question prior to this election, I probably would have said “Get rid of the superdelgates,” but now I’m not 100% sure. With a candidate like Trump, you see that he has a great voter following, more than anyone thought would ever take him seriously. Imagine if the Democratic Party had a candidate like Trump (some see Bernie Sanders as a “grassroots activist” in the Democratic Party although Bernie is not emotionally and negatively divisive). Trump may take the popular vote but, he may not get the “unpledged" delegates (Republican Party) or enough total delegates to get the nomination and for me, that would be a “pro” for the “super or “unpledged” delegate
Because of the tie, the House of Representatives would have to vote to decide who would win the presidency. Hamilton used his influence to persuade enough representatives to vote for Jefferson to make him the president. Burr was furious and never full forgave Hamilton for what he did. Hamilton and Jefferson didn’t get along very well, so it was surprised some that he chose to support him and not Burr, who he had worked alongside on various occasions. Another reason for Burr’s actions would be when he ran for governor of New York.
However, despite legal oversight, a number of electors have violated their state 's law binding them to their pledged vote and often only being charged with a really small fine, usually $1,000. According to the constitutional scholars, electors remain free agents despite state laws and that, if challenged, such laws would be ruled unconstitutional. Therefore, electors can decline to cast their vote for a specific candidate (the one that wins the popular vote of their state), either voting for an alternative candidate, or abstaining completely. In fact, in the 2000 election, Barbara Lett-Simmons, an elector for the District of Columbia, cast a blank ballot for president and vice president in protest of the District 's unfair voting rights . In other words, electors are ultimately free to vote for whom they personally prefer, despite the general public 's
But recently gerrymandering has become more controversial because people feel that it has taken away their rights as a voter and it swings the votes to one side by a big percentage. Current cases are before the courts to decide if gerrymandering is legal. Some states have been discussing whether it should still be allowed during elections. “Many efforts are underway to remedy this political
It showed how campaigns ruin an individual’s ability to continue to do what is right and not deviate off their set principles in life. Tracy Flick with the tearing down of the posters, and Jack Stanton with the information about his opponent. Both are acts not within their character, and one cause of this change may have been the campaign. In Bulworth, Jay Bulworth is a very unique candidate, who has a huge exaggeration of a change in the film. Any individual who wants to be reelected wants to run just as great, or even greater of a campaign to win the election as they once did.
As an encouragement to vote most of us have probably been told, “every vote counts” at some point in our lives. In reality, this is not true in presidential elections due to the Electoral College and what it does. The Electoral College has flaws in it that can prohibit the outcome of the election from accurately reflecting whom a majority the people of the country cast their vote for. Not only will he abolishment of the electoral college change the outcome of elections, it can change the whole campaign process and the way some people in less represented states feel about voting increasing voter turnout. Every four years in early November we have the most important election that there is in this country, the presidential election.
The Electoral Process is a problem in the government due to creating possibilities for the loser of the popular vote to win the electoral vote (it has happened at least four times out of the fifty-six presidential elections). Also the electoral college warps the presidential campaign by bringing about the candidates to grant extra weight to the narrow needs of the swing states. The electoral college system also deforms the one-person, one-vote principle of the democracy since electoral votes are not distributed according to population. The electoral college creates the probability of a 269-269 tie vote. The electoral college doesn’t exactly stick to the Constitution cause the Constitution says that an elector cannot vote for a vice presidential