Reforming The United States Presidential Electoral Process

1233 WordsJan 8, 20165 Pages
Mira Costa High School Reforming the United States Presidential Electoral Process Lauren Koch Mr. Glenn Marx AP Government 7 January 2016 Lauren Koch Mr. Glenn Marx AP Government 7 January 2016 Reforming the United States Presidential Electoral Process The framers of the constitution designed the United States electoral process to give a voice to the voiceless. They sought to ensure that the American people would play a direct role in the selection of their leaders rather than being forced to endure the policies of a ‘tyrannical’ government that neglects the rights of its citizens, such as the English monarchy prior to the revolution. However, this system has degraded over the years as presidential candidates’ focus has been pulled away from the interests and issues of constituent voters in favor of exorbitant fundraising and catering to swing states in order to gain political momentum. The presidential electoral process requires extensive reform in the areas of primary election and caucus structures, along with campaign finance regulations, in order to make presidential candidates more responsive to the legitimate needs and concerns of the majority rather than fixating on the interests of specific and strategically important groups. The ultimate goal of reform will be to aid candidates with abandoning the parochial interests of polarized party politics and considering multiple viewpoints regarding relevant issues, in order to advocate for policies that
Open Document