It is that the even if the majority of Americans are in favor of a candidate, it does not mean they’re going to win. Another disadvantage to the system is that it discourages people from voting. A lot of people are convinced that their vote doesn 't count. In predominantly republican or democratic states people don’t even bother voting because they know it won 't make a difference. Next, is that small states have more representation than states with a larger population.
States represent the people’s voice in the election because popular vote isn’t important in the Electoral College. There have been numerous times where the candidate with the popular vote has lost because of the state’s power. Document 7 has the 2016 Presidential Election Electoral Vote Map and Projection, it had the democrats winning 237 electoral votes. To the 187 republican votes, this gave democrats the upper hand in the prediction. With this prediction it also connected with the popular vote because Clinton had the popular vote won.
Each state has a different amount of Electoral votes based off of population with s state such as Texas having 38 votes, while one like Vermont has three, and at least 270 Electoral votes are needed for a candidate to become president. Swing states are also major factors in an election, with what ever candidate winning them normally wining. These make it possible for a candidate to have won more states, but not a lot of Electoral votes and for a candidate to win the popular vote, but not the Electoral College. One incident of this was when in 2000 when Al Gore had received more popular votes while George Bush had the most electoral votes, and became president. Incidents like this have led people to be split on the usefulness of the Electoral College.
In democratic society the majority rule will find a solution with the minorities because democracy is protecting their rights and there will be a debate over a piece of controversial legislation. That happens because the democratic laws protect the rights of all citizens. In the democratic society the government is one element in the social fabric of the institutions, political parties and organizations. Thousands of organizations operate in the democratic society whether it is local or it is national and they are serving the mediators role. Their interests come forth by supporting particular candidates and they can influence political
With civil disobedience, there is more communication between the government and people, and to be a democracy there must be an open avenue to the people. With this open avenue, there is more communication between the government and the people, and more communication between the government and the people helps protect human rights. The ways to
Klinker states that Wyoming’s 619,500 residents make up only .18 percent of the U.S. population, yet recieve three three electoral votes which is .56 percent of the electoral votes, while Texas has a population of 20,044,141 residents that make up 7.35 percent of the U.S. population, but Texas’ 32 electoral votes make up slightly less than 6 percent of the electoral votes, giving one voter in Wyoming nearly as much power as four voters in Texas (1). “The votes of those living in small States count for more than those residing in large States” (Vandenburg 189). Many small states are assured 3 electoral votes regardless of population, giving them more power (Klinker, McClellan 1). “What remains of the Electoral College is merely a scheme for apportioning votes by state in a way that grossly distorts the principle of one person, one vote” (Klinker, McClellan 1). Some believe that the Electoral College protects
“An important part of political polarization is just in your head” explains how people’s opinions play a key role in political polarization (Gelman 2016, 1). People may have misconceptions about who is voting Democrat or Republican, leading them to believe that ideologies vary. Biases and prejudices tend to shape the people’s view of political polarization. According to Douglas Ahler and Gaurav Sood, “people think that 32% of Democratic Supporters are LGBT (6% in reality) and 38% of Republican supporters earn over $250,000 per year (2%)… These misperceptions are relatively universal across partisan groups and positively associated with political interest.” Therefore, misperceptions tend to influence their view point on opposing political parties and their ideologies, but the causes may also stem from other influential sources (Gelman, 2016
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.
Some argue that the Electoral College supports our democracy: “...the Electoral College makes sure that the states count in presidential elections. As such, it is an important part of our federalist system - a system worth preserving” (Doc. C). In this quote, John Samples argues that federalism is important to our nation and this system supports it by giving power to each state. However, the Electoral College was originally founded because the delegates did not believe that the people were educated enough to make a good choice.
For example, the website “governmentvs.com” states many ideas about the people getting the right to speak out. It states “Majority rules, people’s rights, power of voting…” This sets a democracy to a form of government where it favors the people. The citizens have control and some power of what goes on in their own country. The article also states, “People have freedom and power of voting and choosing what they want.” The main idea about a democracy is having the people have rights to speak up in the government. This system favors and encourages the citizens to feel as if they are a part of the government.
In Feinberg’s book, she provides evidence of, “In about one-third of the state 's, laws require electors to cast their votes, known as electoral votes, for the candidate who won the vote of the people on Election Day” (43). Most states have laws that make them vote for the popular vote. In other states, it is just expected for them to vote for the most popular, although they may not.
Another way the Cconstitution protected against tyranny was, through the power of big states vs. the power of small states compromises over representation. This process worked as, the amount of representatives appointed was based off the population of that state. The higher the population,= the more representatives. This obviously made making the bigger states happymore happy, because if they had all those representatives they could shift leeway the laws toward their liking, but not too much. The way this evened out was that when senators were appointed every state was given two for six years.
Voters respond when they have choices between candidates, the bigger their differences the more people are likely to go out and vote. In this type of circumstance it is highly impossible for an individual to go out and vote when as an individual we have no knowledge whatsoever over politics. This in my opinion happens to be another good reason as to why voting turnout in Texas is so low. Although it may be hard to believe there are so many individuals out there who have no common knowledge on the candidates who are running in the elections, which gives them a good reason not to go out and vote. People want to go out and vote for a candidate they have much information over and know what their capabilities are, and this is very difficult for an individual who may not even know who is running in the elections or what is going on in the political
There are plenty of reasons Texas has such a low voter turnout rate. One reason mentioned in the Texas Civil Health Index is Texas demographic (Texas 20). Another reason is that people really believe that their vote doesn’t matter. Finally a third reason is, because people are simply not educated. Voting will change our lives; if we just speak up everything will be just the way we want it.
With the Electoral College people are “Ignoring New York, California and Texas or nearly 30% of the population”(Passage 3) People may not even get to choose who they vote for. With the electoral vote it makes states like Ohio more important than Rhode Island because it is a “swing state.” The process for the Electoral College is not even the same in some of the states because each state has it’s own rules. It also makes elections so much more complicated than it needs to be. The Electoral College takes away power from the people, and that is the foundation that this country was supposed to be built on. The Electoral College should be discontinued because it gets rid of the people’s power that they have in the nation, it makes makes it so that every vote is an important vote, and the whole Electoral College system is messed up since each state has their own rules.