VOTING (Dictionary)Voting is a formal expression of opinion or choice, either positive or negative, made by an individual or a body of individuals. All American have the right to vote when they turn the age of 18 and are considered an adult. You only hear about voting really when it comes to the election for the President of the United States or a candidate is running for a seat in a government position. The American people believe that they should vote because they think it actually matters. Then there are those American who believe that voting is a complete waste of time. They think this way because once a candidate reaches prescribe number of electoral votes they pretty much have won the election no matter if there are states still left …show more content…
But Alaska is a perfect example of why the Electoral College was created. Because it 's such a big state geographically, and because it is so far from the 48 contiguous states, Alaska has unique interests that, many would argue, deserve representation equal to the interests of New York or California. Other big western states with small populations, such as Montana and North Dakota, would make similar arguments. Of course, it 's hard to argue that Delaware, which had 3 electors and only 783,600 residents in 2000 (for a weight of vote of 2.00), really has unique interests that deserve special consideration. The fairness of the electoral system has been debated for more than 200 years, and it doesn 't appear that the debate is going to die down anytime soon. (http://www.nbcnews.com/id/49701718/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/why-percent-americans-wont-vote/#.VwFIQ1XR_BU) The United States ranks 120th of the 169 countries for which data exists on voter turnout, falling between the Dominican Republic and Benin, according to a January 2012 study from the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance. (Not all countries ranked were democracies, a factor that could skew the …show more content…
We all have different opinions on voting. Voting can be a sensitive subject to everyone who votes. The one thing I cannot understand is when people vote they never want to tell people who they have voted for. You would think people would be proud for voting and who they voted for because they are expressing their opinions. If we look at most of our opinion when it comes to voting comes from the band wagon affect these days. Media often sways people’s perception on the candidate. I believe that voting doesn’t do us any good when it comes to electing the President of the United States of America or anyone elected to State Represenitive, Governor, or state local official. No matter who get the most popular vote or majority of the votes, the Electoral College always wins. To me this makes voting it senseless to me since the candidate that the American people have voted for will not get elected because of the Electoral College. The American voting system needs to be change to whoever wins the popular vote should win the election because that is who the American voters have
The Electoral College system is confusing. I'm ashamed to say that when I was casting my vote for a certain person; I had no clue all of the behind the scenes action. I'm actually voting for someone else(electors) who will vote for the same candidate as I have chosen but whose name doesn't appear anywhere on the ballot. . I heard of the Electoral College and Popular votes before but never really understand what it entailed. Voting is a process not just a checkmark to a name on a ballot.
The Electoral college, I believe the electoral college is an amazing system, but many people don’t think the same way. The Electoral college gathers the votes from all the people in that state and combines them into votes that are easier to count and keep track of. Therefore, I think it couldn’t be better. The definition of the electoral College is; a body of people representing the states of the US, who formally cast votes for the election of the president and vice president.
To begin, the Electoral College takes into account the individual states that people live in. This is considered arbitrary since people now identify with the nation as a whole rather than their individual states. Since the Electoral College is “winner take all”, this renders certain sections of the country as “already decided”. People who choose to deviate from the
lot of meaning that is why I picked this quote by Abraham Lincoln. I think voting is and isn't that important but one reason is we get to pick who we want. In other countries they don´t get to vote and if they don't obey they die. But if we do it there is different
Many people call themselves “true Americans” but most of them probably don’t even know the basics of government. One of the simplest things that American citizens do every 4 years is vote for their President and some people don’t understand the process in which this works. Some will say that they just count the votes and the candidate with the most votes wins, however that is not the case. Our founding fathers created the basis of our country and one thing that they created for the voting system is an Electoral College. An Electoral College is a process in which there are electors who cast your vote in your place for the vice president and the president.
Since 1789, the process in which the President of the United States was to be selected was established in the United States Constitution. Article II of the Constitution determines that the President will not be determined by popular vote, but rather by the Electoral College. The Electoral College is comprised of 538 electors. This number is determined by the amount of Senators and House Representatives each state has. When voters vote, they are not voting for president.
The electoral college also helps the small states have an opinion that actually is heard in the presidential election. In class, it was discussed that Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota together, though their combined population is less than that of Oklahoma, each of those states has three electoral votes, whereas Oklahoma just has seven votes. Going by electoral votes, a candidate would have a better chance at winning the election if they won over Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota versus Oklahoma. With the electoral college, a candidate could win over all thirty-nine small states and win the entire election. Though the candidate could be supported by less than a quarter of the population,
Along with that, why would a voter feel their vote matters when candidates barely campaign in their state? Presidential candidates tend to ignore states they know they either have no chance of winning or are guaranteed to win in. Another argument against the electoral college is that small states are overrepresented. For example, a voter in Wyoming has almost quadruple voting power than a voter in California. California has 1 electoral vote per 712,000 people while Wyoming has 1 electoral vote per 195,000 people.
First, with the specifications of the electoral college there only needs to be 270 electoral votes to a person for them to win. With this rule only 12 states need to be won CA, TX, FL, NY, IL, PA, OH, MI, GA, NC, and NJ(DOC A) and this is only a part of the overall population of America. While
This is strictly why the Electoral College should be taken off the amendments and if not abolished. The Electoral College has failed three times in history, and the loser ended up winning because of state votes and not popularity votes. If we get rid of the Electoral College we will be able to vote directly, and citizens votes will be equal without having to worry about candidates cheating any kind of system for personal gain. Getting rid of the twelfth amendment will solve this issue like I have stated above, If we do not act; candidates will keep on deceiving the system. We’ve been trying to get rid of the Electoral College for the past couple years now, but we as the people have failed to act and therefore they will put it to the side and say “Don't worry, we will get to it”.
People don’t even register to vote and if they do, their vote goes to whoever they see others are voting for. People base their decision on what is portrayed on social media; Perhaps, they think everything they see or hear on television is true. In reality, its all entertainment.
American citizens are brought up believing that voting is the most privilege that we can participate in. We are taught from a young age that if we want change that voting is one of the first actions we can take to change a negative into a positive. American voting rates when compared to other democratic countries fall short. Most eligible to vote don’t, even when there are big debates on policies that can affect them directly. They have little understanding of major issues and instead vote based on whatever party they identify with or how attractive the candidate looks on TV.