The United States of America has a rich history filled with success, failure, courage, and drive. Millions have come seeking the “American Dream” and to live in the land of the free. The past is what has shaped this nation’s present and future. Yet, as time drifts, the world around us changes. What was once deemed acceptable can now seem outdated in today’s society. The recent 2016 Election was controversial and showcased just how divide our nation has become. The results of the election surprised many who believed there was no possible way Donald Trump would be elected president. This unraveled tension was met with uproar and confusion. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote whereas Donald Trump won the electoral vote, thus making him the President-elect
The Electoral College system, in our government today, is made up of a winner-take-all system. The winner take all system demonstrates that whichever candidate that receives the most votes wins all of the electoral points and the other candidate receives nothing. The Electoral College system enacts the candidates of both parties to only visit the larger states, in which they know they will most likely receive the most electoral points. This is not technically fair because each state is not getting proper representation. When states disagree, with one candidate’s views on a particular issue, they can swing and vote for the other candidate causing the other candidate to alter their approach to win back the state. The winner-take-all system hinders
The Electoral College requires a presidential candidate to have trans-regional appeal. Trans-regional appeal is when a presidential candidate tries to appeal to all or more than one region. No region has enough electoral votes to elect a president. For example, “So a solid regional favorite, such as Romney was in the South, has no incentive to campaign heavily in those states, for he gains no electoral votes by increasing his popularity in states that he knows he will.” The Electoral College makes it so that presidential candidates have to campaign in more than one region to get more support. This way many states get to see the candidate and get to hear from them.
Amidst the chaos of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, emerges a cacophony of voices screaming for Electoral College reform. Many are angered by the results, others are confused: how can one candidate receive nearly three million more votes than the other and still lose the election? The Electoral College has been the United States’ method for electing a president since the Constitution was ratified, and this is far from the first time that it has been criticized. Proponents of the system accuse current skepticisms of being partisan, and the skeptics of being “sore losers”. However, defenders of the Electoral College, such as Guelzo and
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
“The right to vote gives every eligible American a voice in our electoral politics. There's too much at stake to stay silent as this right is eroded.”(Martin O'Malley).Voting is supposed to be a guaranteed right to all but in reality, this is not the case. It is to be expected that the political parties running for office enjoy the process behind the Electoral College. The political parties influence the American citizens to vote for their candidate as the next President in order to benefit from the candidate's power. During the election, candidates use strategic tactics to produce more votes. Candidates tend to express what the people want to hear their speeches. For everyone else, the Electoral College is a stressful and complicated process.
African Americans had a hard time in the south during the 1900s. The obstacles that A.A. had to endure was not be able to vote due to the color of their skin. Other factors was poll taxes, literacy tests, and bureaucratic restrictions that also played a part in denying them the right to vote. As a result, very few African Americans were registered voters, and they had very little, if any, political power, either locally or nationally.
The president of the United States is of utmost importance to the nation’s progress and success, both domestically and internationally. Hence, it follows that presidential elections are quite a popular event on a national level. Since the nation’s creation in 1776, it was clear that the president must be chosen wisely as well as fairly in order to preserve a democratic character in the United States and also to ensure an incapable president is note elected by the people. The solution that followed in response to these considerations was the establishment of the Electoral College, a method of indirect election of the president and his or her running mate for the vice presidency. The Electoral College establishes a group of electors who pledge to vote for the candidate of a specific political party. However, since this method of election is not completely reliant on the popular vote, it is possible for a candidate to become a minority president: a president who only received a majority of electoral votes (and not of the popular vote). Thus, the question arises whether the Electoral College is an appropriate method of selecting a president. After further analysis, it becomes clear that the Electoral College is not a proper mechanism for electing the president.
Since there was very little trust between the men at the caucuses, they made pledges where they promised loyalty in voting for their chosen candidates. In the end, the “Federalist Party nominated John Adams, President of the United States, and Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, former U.S. Minister to France, while the Jefferson-Republican or Democratic-Republican Party nominated Thomas Jefferson, Vice President of the United States and former Minister to France, and Aaron Burr, former U.S. Senator (Goodman).”
America was a vision that was thought up by politicians, artists and dreamers. These people believed that anything could be accomplished through the mind, God, and manpower. Even through so much opposition, our brave ancestors strived to establish a better life. They aimed to secure a structured future, and praise God in their own way. Our ancestors had the courage to travel miles away from the comforts and familiarities of home by crossing unknown oceans and lands, and to set out to create a new lifestyle in a land they had never known. The drive and courage they possessed kept their hopes alive, and helped them to preserver through many struggles and create a strong nation. Their beliefs, along with their many other valuable principles, paved
Since the signing of the declaration of independence, five presidents have been elected without the popular vote. The cause of this absurdity is due to a system where everyone's vote is condensed to a small number of electors for each state. This outdated system is known as the Electoral College. To further this absurdity, each state has a different amount of electors per person. Resulting in smaller states getting more electors person than larger ones, further complicating the issue. People argue that it allows participation from every state including rural areas that would be otherwise overlooked. This system might have worked in the 1700’s but in today's modern society, it begins to crumble. The Electoral college needs to be expunged because it causes overlooking of states, electors dont accurately represent the populus, and it is no longer relevant.
The importance of voting should be emphasized due to how it can change the direction of a country. As stated by the 32nd president of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt: “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.”. For instance, one should not cast their vote blindly and should instead educate themselves on the current candidates. It’s important to realize that when you vote, you do not only vote for yourself,you are also voting for the future generations. By examining how someone should inform themselves about the candidates and how voting can drastically affect a nation, we can examine how voting is important.
Voting has been given as a right to all citizens of the country, unfortunately, people are educated about how to vote however not many citizens are educated about all kinds of voting in each state. Normally the most votes people come out for would probably be for the presidency, and not have enough knowledge of other voting’s of the state, such as selecting a mayor and that is how Texas loses votes by uninterested voters. After reading the articles, I see that voting advocates are working hard to get a higher voting percentage in Texas. It is a very good idea to get voting registration online, by mail and as well as on the Election Day. For many individuals it is very difficult for them to get the time to leave work and get to the election site, followed by standing in a long line and realize that they are not registered in that county causing them to go to a different election location would definitely change the voters mind from my personal experience. Secondly, they are doing a good job trying to get voting online, even though there are many security problems there is always a way. Since it is specifically designed for all citizens then advocates can create a plan by assigning every citizen a specific voter number like social security number, where these information’s are kept secure. Allowing criminals to vote during their sentence does not sound quite accurate since it is part of their punishment for not being a respective citizen of United States.
“Young people need to vote. They need to get out there. Every vote counts. Educate yourself to. Don 't just vote. Know what you 're voting for, and stand by that”(Reed).
There are an abundance of rights given the to American people. Each one has it’s importance but, the most important right is voting rights. Voting rights is the most necessary right because, it has an abundance of effects on the future. Voting puts in new political officials who represent the people and run the law of America. Minorities shouldn't still face such discrimination. We are in a new era and time that has put behind its old ways of separate but equal. Those who march fought for equal voting right. There work should not be short lived. Voting is the one way that citizens can help have a say in how the country is run and by having that right taken away a person is rejected a say in their country. The constitution can not be changed and it clearly states that the right to vote should not be taken away from any single person no matter the race, color, or background.