Status Quo & Policy Alternatives Currently, sponsors of ballot initiative campaigns are not limited to a particular amount, which affords leverage such as expertise in public opinion polling, computer-targeted mailing, and television advertising to the wealthier party. To combat the defects of this form of direct democracy, reformers have proposed several policy alternatives. One alternative is to provide better information. According to a 2002 state commission and recent report by the Center for Governmental Studies, roughly a third of initiatives since 2000 have more than 5000 words, which is too long and too confusing for the majority of voters (Mathews and Paul, 173). Another alternative is to raise restrictions on the process (e.g.
Registering to vote can be a deterrent for many people because it requires effort to file all the correct paperwork and stay in good standing, which may be the cause for low voter turnout within Texas. Although voter turnout has been steadily climbing within recent years, Texas is still on the lower end of the spectrum for voter turnout in America. Many are eligible, but few send in their ballots or show up to the polls on election day. The projected voter turnout is measured by the state's voting age demographic, eighteen years and older, and further estimated based on ethnic groups. Back in early Texas history, voters
Without doubt it is vitally important to not allow the dismantling of the existing support structure that has been built over decades until a realistic, quantifiable and sustainable program emerges. To be sure that any programs blueprinted will do no more harm, on the contrary aiding the poorest of us to rise to better wage jobs and education, both vocational and collegiate. A way to make these changes happen is to target the middle class and their voting power. Show them that they have more in common economically with the 99% than the 1% who wield the power by controlling 1/3 of the wealth. With that power newly elected candidates for office will finally do serious work to improve the lives of the constituents they serve, both the middle and the poor.
Although the popular votes do not determine the elector votes, it almost always happens where the electors vote for whom the popular votes resulted in. This is one of the many reasons why the Electoral College is unfair, past elections have shown that bigger populations have more electoral votes, concluding that smaller states’ votes become insignificant. This leaves people in question, is the Electoral College now based on where you live? Even though the purpose of the electoral college is to ultimately decide who will occupy the position of the president, there was an Electoral Commision of elite representatives, established to determine the 19th President, because of the situation the electoral college caused. The commission included five representatives from the House, another five associates from the Senate and five justices from the Supreme Court.
The government even shut down recently as the Democrats and Republicans were unable to reach an agreement. However, providing a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants is favored by the majority of American citizens, and research shows that they help the American economy and lower the national crime rate well below the current statistics. Immigration policies are a vital part of any nation’s economy, and any changes can induce drastic changes. Canada, a nation with radically different immigration policy than the United States of America, enjoys the benefits of multiculturalism. Their immigrant population is the most educated in the world, and despite growing the xenophobia in the west their population is still highly in favor of an influx of immigrants (Tepperman 5).
Applicants must demonstrate a desire to be part of the Habitat homeowners program. This includes: accepting to participate with 500 required hours of sweat equity, making monthly deposits to cover closing costs, completing the homeowners’ education program and accepting the responsibility of taking care of your own home. The future homeowners must maintain a good level of communication with the volunteers who work with them as a Habitat contact and work well with the volunteers who help in the construction of the houses. A check will be made on the credit history of all applicants. In case of having declared bankruptcy, the applicants will be considered only after 4 years
Even though Bernie Sanders is behind in the delegate count, the upcoming primaries have a higher delegate’s numbers and he believes the majority of them will favor him instead of Hillary Clinton. Bernie has received 6 representatives from the house for endorsements, while Clinton has 159 representatives, 40 senators and 13 governors for her endorsements. Clinton is way in the lead for endorsement so, I don 't think Sanders will have a chance to catch up. Dr. Cornel West, Ed Schultz and Neil Young are individuals who are contributing to his
Introduction Democracy is the symbol of fairness which should reduce inequality, because in democracies one has elections. During these elections, voters can simply support the politicians who stand for redistribution when the level of inequality is too high. However, much research showed that during the past two generations, the economic inequality is still rising rapidly in the United States and many other countries which also have advanced democracies, following the increase of democracy. (Bonica, McCarty, Poole, & Rosenthal, 2013) In Adam’s article, there are five reasons that lead to the increase of inequality. First, Ideological Shift and Greater Polarization on both Republicans and Democrats.
Even though by the end of the Civil War each side had lost thousands of their men, and much of their morale, both the Union and the Confederate States of America had advantages through the beginning years of the war. The North had many advantages over the South. For one, the North had more dominance over the CSA in relation to the available resources for war. Because most factories were located inside the remaining states of the Union, the North could manufacture and produce their own supplies for war while the South was less privileged in this sense. The Union also had four times the population of the CSA, which meant a larger number of possible enlistees for war.
How can those running against the already elected officials win against them? One of the first things that can be done to lower incumbency rates is to better inform the voter population about the congressmen running. Many do not know the people who are running or the values they stand for. So by being not being informed, people just end up voting for
Sanders also wanted to spike the minimum wage to be $15 in 2020. That might seem good, but it is actually not, a minimum wage of $15 would mean an increase in unemployment because most companies don’t have enough money to support that many workers and it would also mean an increase in everyday items. Most of Sander’s decisions have a great impact across the world and the economy and most of it isn’t going to be approved by the Congress, especially the republicans. The government doesn’t want to waste that much money on the people. Bernie Sanders being the president might mean a lot, but his chances of winning are very slim.
Fourthly, the frequency and number of elections in the US has been indicated to be twice as much compared to many western countries. With the various separate elections in multiple levels, voters may choose to skip some of them and participate in others (McDonald, 2011). Finally, the development of democracy and level of civic education have affected the number of people who cast votes (Ezrow & Xezonakis, 2014). It is prudent to postulate that some individuals lack the feeling that their individual votes can change outcomes in the elections and they therefore do not vote. The recommendations to increase the voter turn-out, the registration process should be streamlined.
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.