American voters do not directly vote for the President. When voters go to vote on Election Day to select who they think the next president should be, we are not actually voting for a candidate directly. We are casting our support for a candidate and a group of “electors” who directly submit the votes to determine who the next president will be. (Green) We, as people, do have a right to vote for our president directly, and we are. Members of the electoral college have to be elected and this happens once voters cast their vote for a candidate for president. These are not random people, we elected them. We need to look further into the issue to see that there is a reason for the Electoral College. We need to see the method to the Electoral College’s madness. This is why although some say the electoral college is unfair and corrupt, it
Electoral College- Should it be Abolished? The outcome of the 2016 election left many Americans feeling confused, angry, cheated, and terrified of the future. Somehow, the sexist, racist, homophobic candidate Donald Trump had become the nation’s president, though Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton received the majority of popular vote. This raised many questions over the constitutionality of the Electoral College system, and whether it was unfair to the people of the United States. In the electoral system, created by the Founding Fathers due to their lack of trust in the people, the constituents of each state vote for their preferred candidate, and all of the state’s electoral votes go to the candidate with a majority. Clearly, the Electoral
The Electoral College Electing government officials is a major part of being an American. The citizens of the United States have the privilege of voting for their officials , representing America’s democracy. Although a big misconception on this is that the people actually do not vote directly for who becomes elected president but rather who gets to elect the next president. The Electoral College has been in place since 1804 and continues to be the system the United States uses to elect the president. The Electoral College is filled with history, a lengthy process , and questionable arguments on its validity.
The Importance of the Electoral College and Its Effectiveness in Today's World When the Constitutional Convention gathered in 1784 they had the difficult task of determining how our government should be assembled and what systems we should use to elect them. They quickly decided congress should have the powers to pass laws and the people should elect these people to ensure they are following the will of the people. But who should elect the president?
The Electoral College, first instituted in 1787, is designed to give all states in the United States a say in who the president will be. The Electoral College works by giving a vote to each House Representative and Senator for the state. The senators and representatives for a state cast their ballot based on the popular vote in the state. Whichever candidate gets the most electoral votes in the state gets all the electoral votes for the state; this is called the winner take all system. Many people believe the Electoral College is flawed and should be changed while others believe it should be thrown away altogether. There are many things about the Electoral College that should be changed but the system is not completely broken. The Electoral College is a flawed process, but one that is needed for a fair election. The way electoral votes are given is fair but, how a President is chosen with no majority, which is a requirement to become president, and the winner take all system are ineffective and must be changed because they do not reflect the true will of the people.
In this week’s discussion we talked about if the Electoral College and if it is important or not in our country today. Do we really need to have the Electoral College? I believe it is important in our country today and I believe we should try to keep it in
Everyone knows that coming up soon this November is the election that will elect the President, Vice President, and other positions for the government. The process to getting elected can be difficult and confusing. People first need to get nominated, then they need to start their campaign with a platform, slogan etc., next they need to win people’s support and get them to vote and they also need to get the electoral college to vote for them. The electoral college is the group of people elected from each state that vote using the amount of votes that the state has (based on the population). Some people believe that the electoral college should not be used because it does not always vote for what the majority of the state is voting for, which
The distinguished contributors to this instructive volume - including Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Michael Barone, and Walter Berns- show why it would be foolish to abolish the Electoral College by explaining not only its historical and cultural significance, but also its present role in instilling a measure of stability and sanity to our electoral and party systems. This is the definitive volume for all those interested in the logic, and continuing importance of this unique American political institution.
The Electoral College has been disliked by many but also liked by other brilliant people in the United States. Some People have wanted to abolish the Electoral College. Former presidents and American leaders have thought that the Electoral College is a good way to take some power away from the
This last election 2016 the electoral college made a big mistake in electing our current president. The electoral college started in 1804, this should be a time to change and think of a different idea to choose our president. The electoral college should be abolished because its undemocratic, hurts the third party, and small states are overrepresented.
Wyndham great post again. Although, I am not convinced one party has any advantage over the other party in the Electoral College. Your post reference the National Archives as stating, “…neither party has consistently won the presidency, with the control passing from one party to the other and back, usually after one or two terms.” So, history has not proven any party advantage over the other in the Electoral College too.
A Congressional Proportional method is another alternative being proposed in opposition to the Electoral College. A Congressional proportional method would allocate votes based on the winner of each congressional district. It would also award the winner of the overall popular vote in each state two electoral votes(senators). Once again on the surface this system looks fair and reasonable, but if you investigate deeply it can be seen that there is one glaring flaw in this system. The act of Gerrymandering which is used throughout the United States in every state is when the authority in each state decided which way the districts will be drawn. In simpler terms an authority could draw district that would exclude certain type of voters to increase
The United States Constitution Twelfth Amendment, Article II, speaks that“each States shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress.” The total number of electoral college in the country is 538. This includes the number of representative which is 435, plus 100 the number of senators; since the country has 50 states, each State received equal amount of senators which is 2 but the number of representative are best on the population live in that State. The extra 3 is for the district of columbia, which is washington D.C. In order to be a president, someone must have 270 electoral votes. This simple means that the tuesday after the first monday in November every four years, people do not votes for the president but they vote for electors who will votes for the president the Monday after the second Wednesday in December of the same year. Different time in history the presents has won the popular votes but because of the electoral college they end up lose the election. As one can see, this is a serious dilemma that need a change in the constitution. Although this plan seems like a good plan because it has been used in the country for many years; however it has weaknesses that has affect the U.S presidential votes more than one time in the history.
Election Day is here! America is ecstatic to have the right to vote for what they believe in. Yet there is a 20 percent voter turnout? .300 trillion people residing in the country and only a fraction a million show up? America has fought so hard to protect the rights
The Electoral College in the United States picks electors lawfully inside every state to choose the president after a presidential decision by the general population. Each state has numerous presidential voters, and the same number of as the delegates in both houses and congress. In total, there are 538 members of the Electoral College. The different states have various numbers of representatives. California has the largest number of electors, 54. This is because there are 54 members in the congress who represent the people in the state. New York has 33 electors, Texas has 32, and Florida has 25, Pennsylvania with 23, and Ohio with 21. There are advantages as well as disadvantages to the Electoral College, depending on how you look at the situation;