To be clear, the two numbers do not necessarily indicate causation, and there could be several other factors attributed. However, what cannot be debated is the same Pew Research Center study found a majority (Both, Democrats and Republicans) believe money has a greater influence on politics today, and the high cost of presidential campaigns discourages good candidates. (Desilver & Van Kessel, 2015). The sentiment of voters is clear, big money has permeated campaigns to an unacceptable degree. To illustrate, Super PACs made $65 million in expenditures in 2010, $608 million in 2012, and $339 for the 2014 mid-term elections (Desilver & Van Kessel, 2015).
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. Therefore, the election in America does not prove that it is a democracy country as far as existing gerrymandering.
In 2012 218,959,000 people were eligible to vote and only 126,144,000 actually voted this outcome shows people don 't have belief their vote counts due to previous acts of the Electoral College. These non-voters adopting the mindset that they don’t matter or don’t count in the bigger picture; 13.4% 218,959,000 of these people not voting simply did not care on voting. The number one reason for people not voting is them believing their vote does not count and the Electoral College chooses the president either way. The concept of how the Electoral College works is not widely talked about it is mostly seen as being complex and people saying their vote doesn’t count anyways. This influences many voters to not even put up with registering to vote or ever voting at all.
Lastly, since 100 million people vote the majority reason that people do not vote, do not vote because they do not have the knowledge for an educated answer. 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 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 possibilities of Donald Trump winning the election are low because his votes can be drastically affected by his previous negative comments. This implies that Trump has been targeting people with racial negative comments that affect the whole United States. “The American people are not going to elect a president who insults Mexicans, Muslims, women, veterans, insulting virtually everybody who is not like Donald Trump.” (Bernie Sanders) This statement supports my opinion in which Donald Trump’s election can come to an end with his discriminating comments. The following points out the possibilities of Donald Trump winning the election are low because other candidates have a higher demand of votes. “I’m the only candidate, “she said,” who has
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.
Elections and politics currently believed by many to be focused on spoiler effects, polling, and electability. Some sour victims of these elections have come up with what they believe is a “solution” to politics. This “solution” is known as RCV. Ranked choice voting, or RCV, is a system in which people can choose their first, second, and third choice candidates, and votes will be given accordingly. Regardless of what representatives of RCV may tell you, RCV is unconstitutional, costly, and very time-consuming, which is why allowing voters to rank their choices for elections should not be allowed.
“The Electoral College was created by the Founders because they did not trust people enough to allow them to directly elect the president.” Since the majority of the American people had limited education and communication, the founders felt the “average voter lacked the information to be an informed, unbiased judge of candidates for presidency.” Therefore when voters cast their ballot, the college reviews the peoples’ choices and then decides which of their preferences are best. (Lenz and Holman, 87) Many people feel that this system is undemocratic because they are not able to directly vote for their candidate and because the winner of the popular vote can lose the electoral vote. This happened in the 2000 presidential election between George
Americans ask, “Why do we vote?” It’s really a silly question isn’t it? This is a serious issue, many people believe that their vote doesn’t count and will not affect the presidential election. These people then complain about the way things are. “Your vote is your voice.” Americans vote to tell all government officials and “lawmakers how they feel about education, public safety, social security, health care, and other important issues.” The entire community depends on voting to change and add in new rules, change things within our community. Voting puts change into effect.