Does one’s vote for U.S. President really count? In a U.S. Presidential Election, the American people vote for their preferred candidate; however, votes from a select group of people known as electors are the only ones that count in the election. George Orwell’s 1984 displays the dangers of giving a select group of people too much power, as it deprives the people of their voice in governmental matters. 1984 reflects how the people do not have an actual say in who becomes their leader. The Electoral College stands in the way of a true democracy in the United States; therefore, the United States needs to abolish it in order for the government to hear the voices of the American people.
According to, (Grofman & Feld), authors of Thinking About the Political Impacts of the Electoral College, "it has been argued that one party may develop a “built-in” advantage in the Electoral College if its strength comes disproportionately from the smaller states" (Grofman, & Feld, 2005). Although, candidates focusing more on the competitive states leave much of the county barely aware that there is even a presidential election going on. Mostly because these states have higher electoral votes. This discourages voter turnout because the individual vote only matters to the context of the state (Constitution,
This rings true with the presidential election of the 1800’s between republican Thomas Jefferson and federalist John Adam’s. Each felt that if the other was elected that the America that they knew would erupt in a civil war. Although they were once allies and collaborated on the establishment of the Declaration of Independence for the new Americas, during this election they couldn’t see eye to eye due to each other’s political views. The federalist favored a centralized system and form of government with urban manufacturing while the democratic- republican wanted to reduce national power and empower the states while supporting an agrarian society. One of the unique things about the elections of that time was that there were no running mates, the man who came in second got to be vice president, which means your vice president was actually the same person who would be fighting against you in the election.
Washington would see that individual communities and movements have created change for themselves, while working against others. It’s amazing what could be done if we stopped working against each other. While political parties aren’t going away, which would be to Washington’s dismay, he would suggest that the next president figure out a way to stop the two main parties, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, from being convinced their beliefs are the “correct” beliefs. If we cannot get rid of political parties, the best we can do is unite them. The only way to change our country is by working with each other, not against each other.
“The Electoral College is a process, not a place (What is the).” The Electoral College has been around since the Constitution, but the reason for its existence is strange. When the Constitution was being created the Founding Fathers believed that the new found American citizens would be too stupid to govern themselves, and thus, The Electoral College was born. The Electoral College functions by giving each state a select number of votes based on population (What is the). Once each state gets their Electoral votes they must choose Electors; this is a two part process. First, Political Parties from the state chose potential electors, and then the people of the state vote on which electors they see fit (Electoral College Fast).
Dear, state senator I think we should change to election by popular vote for the president of the United States. I think this because the Electoral College does not seem fair, the president that usually wins in popular vote loses to the vote for presidency, it is considered a non-democratic method for selecting a president, and it is all up to the electors of a candidate. The Electoral College should also be changed to popular vote because it is not the people who are choosing the president, it is the three electors sent from each different state. The Electoral College should be changed to election by popular vote, because it is not fair to the candidates. This is because most presidents that win the popular vote section of the election then end up losing the presidential vote section, an example of this is when candidate Al Gore recieved the most individual votes when running against George W. Bush, but Bush won the electoral section, recieving two hundred and
The presidential ballot is a vote for the electors of a candidate implying that the voter is not voting in favor of the hopeful, but rather supporting a slate of voters vowed to vote in favor of a particular Presidential and Vice Presidential candidate. (book) Electoral College Most state laws build up a winner takes all system, wherein the ticket that wins a majority of votes wins the greater part of that state's dispensed electoral votes, and in this way has their slate of electors decided to vote in the Electoral College. Maine and Nebraska don't utilize this strategy, selecting rather to give two constituent votes to the statewide champ and one electoral vote to the victor of each Congressional district. Every state's triumphant slate of voters then meets at their individual state's capital on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December to cast their electoral votes on partitioned ballots for President and Vice President. Albeit Electoral College individuals can actually vote in favor of anybody under the U.S. Constitution, 24 states have laws to rebuff shifty balloters, the individuals who don't cast their electoral votes in favor of the individual whom they have vowed to
Currently, the electoral voters are the only ones with a direct vote in the election. In order for the election to be more reflective of the citizens’ wishes, the popular vote should become more significantly tied to the election. The Electoral College should not be the most prominent voting process, when the popular vote should be more important. The risk of untrustworthy electors increases, which causes the voter to feel that they are being cheated out of their votes, which may discourage them from voting in the future. There is also the high possibility in which neither candidates receive the majority of electoral votes required to win election, such as what occurred in the 1824 election, meaning the House of Representatives would have to decide who becomes
For the establishment to actively contemplate and strategize an avenue to change convention rules, to take delegation votes away from Donald Trump is an egregious insult to the American public who voted in the primary. The actions of the party, to include those delegates who conspired to turn those votes over to a different candidate, who by the way did not exist, sadly make the Democratic Party appear to they be the party of the American public. Yes, a significant percentage of voters think the Democratic Party is corrupt, however, even contemplating a method to alter or reallocate those votes designated for Donald Trump screams of the parties contempt for the American
Although, restrictions on spending money could lead to secret transactions with foreign countries. There have been rumors surrounding past candidates such as Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, and Hillary Clinton gaining funds from foreign countries since campaign donors don’t have to be disclosed. (Cloyd) If candidates feel like their shot at winning is in jeopardy then transactions with outside countries is