The presidential election in 2000 was between George W. Bush and Al Gore Jr. When Gore lost to Bush in Florida he demanded a hand count. The state of Florida discounted 175,000 ballots that were cast “improperly.” Those ballots mostly came from African- American districts. After Gore discovered that some ballots “were disqualified for ‘over votes,’ selecting too many candidates, while others had incomplete punches,” (108), he went to the Florida State Supreme Court to review the “undercounted” ballots. That led to Bush’s attorneys appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Many people choose not to vote in an election due to the fact that their vote is not effective in influencing the outcome of an election. This system of voting within the electoral college also generally favours large states over small states, meaning that they also do not have much influence in an election turnout. This problem requires reform because not only does it underrepresent the minority opinion, there is also a possibility that the winner might not be the candidate with the most popular votes. In fact three U.S Presidents, Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876, Benjamin Harrison in 1888, and George W. Bush in 2000, were elected with fewer popular votes, only winning the election because of the electoral votes they received. In the 2000 presidential election, George W. Bush’s 271 electoral college victory over Al Gore’s 266, prompted renewed calls for reforming the electoral college.
Johnson’s election as Vice President in 1836 was decided in the Senate after twenty-three Virginia electors did not vote for him for personal reasons.” The people wanted to vote for Richard M. Johnson but since the Electoral College did not like him, for personal reasons, the electors decided not to take the people’s opinion and instead they did what they did what they wanted. (Passage 1) “When you vote for your candidate you are actually voting for your candidate’s electors.” When you are voting for your choice of President you are not directly voting for who you want, so the power of voting is taken from the people and it is given to the Electoral College or electors. Not only does the Electoral College take people’s power away it also makes the place you live in decide if your vote is actually important or
According to the statistic of We the people, “most members of Congress are elected in landslide elections, and why 98 percent of incumbents are re-elected.” (385). It is actually hard for new candidates to win and replace incumbents because of redistricting. In other words, the results are almost in the desire of legislators, so the voting of citizens looks wasting time and money and does not express their right in the election. The purpose of election to look for the winner with the highest rate of votes, but gerrymandering interrupts that purpose and drives the result into their bias parties. Therefore, the election in America does not prove that it is a democracy country as far as existing gerrymandering.
This article provides some options for Electoral College reforming, and how they operate. One is direct voting from instant runoff voting, which is were voters would rank their candidates from favorite to least favorite instead of choosing just one candidate, then when the votes are counted, if no single candidate has a majority, the candidate with the lowest number of votes is eliminated, and then the process continues. So basically they would win the presidency by process of elimination, and this allows voters to pick their favorite candidate without giving a vote for their least favorite directly. This proposal would also not have and negative backfire if only adopted by a few states. All of the other proposals in this article had many negative
This week’s lesson gave me more clarity on the-the Electoral College. It was confusing at first to hear that the popular vote does not win an election. Bush lost the popular votes, but won the electoral vote in 2000, cleared by the Supreme Court (POLS201). I think it is better for the candidate to worry about the crucial electoral votes than the popular votes. According to POL201 lesson book, former Senator John Kerry in 2004 and Al Gore 2000 had the victories in California, but Bush won both elections.
Other systems like run-off election and direct popular vote show a better picture of what the people want. In “One Vote For The Electoral College" the author goes into detail and explains direct popular election. “This successful and satisfactory system, one that has worked with only a few close calls, would dissolve with the abolition of the Electoral College, exposing the nation to dangerous forces that could tear it apart” (Turner 414). Besides the direct popular election, there is also the run-off election. It is functioned around making sure the people’s vote does not go to waste.
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
A Translucent Cartoon In the article “Donald Trump is not the GOP 's biggest problem,” by David Horsey of Los Angeles Times, a visual aid is used, especially a cartoon, to comment on a statement made by a Republican presidential candidate namely Mr. Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida. He says that his fellow republican rival in the presidential election Donald J. Trump is not a good representative of the values characterizing their party. That cartoon is actually in contradiction with Jeb Bush 's statement because it shows how well Mr. Trump fits the different groups of Republicans such as the Birthers, the Tea Party, and others, but it does not consider the fact that not every simple person in those branches of the Republican Party or