For many years, America’s voting system has been criticized, with the main point of interest being the Electoral College. Some say that the Electoral College is necessary to streamline and simplify the voting process, while others say that it is outdated and takes away power from American citizens. After investigating the subject, it is clear that the Electoral College should be abolished due to the three major defects its critics find in the system; its undemocratic nature, its tendency to give small states’ votes too much power, and its disastrous effects on third-party candidates. The first, and possibly largest, defect in the Electoral College is its undemocratic nature. A professor of political science once said that “the Electoral College violates political equality” (Edwards 453).
This includes the popular vote not being taken seriously as the people's wishes, the need for only 12 states to win and become president, and the neglection of other states and the attention given to the swing states. All represents that the Electoral college is not what is limiting the power of the government and giving the people what they want, but instead is what truly empowers the government and takes away the choice we Americans should have and posses. While this is what the electoral college is doing now the abolishment of the electoral college should take place in order to give the power back to the people. Do you want to keep living your life truly powerless in the decision of our next leader? Or do you want to give the power back to the people of the USA, and take back our power to choose the right
The Importance of Voting in a Democratic Society One of the myriad problems that America is facing today is their low voter turnout. In particular, voting is relevant in sustaining a country’s democracy. A lower voter turnout could mean that democracy is being threatened and that the essence of being a republican state is defeated. ArendLijphart raised an argument that the cure to his lower voter turnout is the compulsory voting. On the other hand, Austin Ranney defended that nonvoting is not a social disease for it can be considered as one’s freedom—the freedom not to vote.
The Electoral College is an outdated system and should be abolished before it turns the tables of an election for the bad.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.
A positive attribute is the Electoral Votes allows multiple regions to be in focus, benefiting the entire population. However, a negative of the Electoral College system results in a system in which certain states are ignored in the electoral process, either due to their number of electoral votes or depending on which way their vote swings. In, addition to that issue, the popular vote seems to be not accounted for, as seen in the most recent election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Overall, the Electoral College should be eradicated from the Constitution, mainly because it is not an accurate representation of the peoples of the nation's vote, and voters have access to information to make an educated vote. Being so, more states need to enact the National Popular vote so the Electoral votes will have to be based on the popular vote of that
Summary of Article: This article talks about how the two-party should no longer exist. The two-party system has been part of the U.S. since the late 1800s and how it has controlled politics in the U.S. The two-party winning streak has come to an end. The two-party system is equally as flawed as the major parties, Democratic Party and Republican Party, with whom share one major attribute: they both favor policies that strip citizens of different liberties. The Democratic Party is in favor of social freedom but oppose personal economic freedom, while the Republican Party is the complete opposite.
One reason the Electoral College should be abolished is that one of the candidates could win the popular vote and still end up losing the election. On November 8th, 2016 Donald Trump was elected president because the Electoral College voted for him. Approximately thirty out of the fifty states’ electoral colleges voted for Donald Trump, he ended with 290 Electoral College votes. He had lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by about one million people because the vote of the citizens in the US has no value. The Electoral College votes are the only ones with value.
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.
This paper contains information and proof as to why the Electoral College is unfair and unreliable. It explains how the people and the system is cheated, and provides past and present information on how this occurred. It speaks on how it has not taken account the voice of the citizens in the united states in many different ways. The paper argues on how and why we should abolish the Electoral College system of voting.
If America had the 100 million people that did not vote, vote, it would be very irrelevant since most of them do not have the background knowledge for an answer. Voting is something that should not become mandatory because people who do not care might choose people who aren’t fit for the job, votes aren’t as authentic and the first amendment is being violated. Voting is something that should be taken seriously because it leaves someone in the hands of an entire nation populated with over 300 million people. Making voting mandatory can have someone who shouldn’t be president win the election, the last thing we need is having this nation in the wrong
The articles of confederation was written right after the revolutionary war was fought, however, the AOC failed, so they had to start all over with a new document called the constitution. 9 out of 13 colonies needed to ratify the new constitution for it to take effect. When it came to organize the government after the AOC, the people were divided on how the government should handle the fears of social, political, and economic fears which motivated the 2 parties, federalist and antifederalist. The federalists supported the new constitution, while the anti federalists were opposed. The political motivation for the federalists to support the ratification was they believed that a stronger government was necessary as the AOC had failed previously
Politics by Other Means Response Paper This essay addressed the decrease in voter turnout due to the increase in of political forces over the American political system. The authors of this essay, Politics by Other Means, are Benjamin Ginsberg and Martin Shefter. They commence the essay by stating that voter turnout is low because of political deadlock.
In the election of the President of the U.S., the primary systems has been used to determine the next president through a long process. In order to campaign for office, the person must gain a nomination from their own political party. Then, after being nominated, the candidate usually run for presidency for at least two years before the election to test the water. Throughout the election, these candidates tend to put together a committee to gather money for their campaign. The money also goes to informing voters about the candidates, and what issues these candidates will address.
Traditions have been sought after and passed on for generations; with no questions asked, whether humane or not, traditions are hard to break and diminish as they are often what a culture or community stands for. In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”, a story about the tradition of a small village, is painted in impeccable details of peace, and serenity on a warm summer day, as everyone follows the tradition they have known since a long time ago despite the true intentions and meaning of it forgotten. The Lottery taking place annually is like no other lottery, it paints the true picture of the horror that epitomizes the tradition that none of the villagers dare to question, despite it creating separation between gender and families and ruining