The American Election System

1039 Words Feb 4th, 2018 4 Pages
As for each public office election, we are reminded that elections are both highly charged symbolic rituals of democracy and key procedural parts of our political institutions. Both components of elections, symbolic and procedural, serve vital functions at all levels of our political system.

As with any election, both parties (republican and democratic) campaign across the state in hope to gain additional support and votes to gain the office that they desire. When voting most voters arrive at polling stations to vote. There are alternative ways for a Texas citizen to vote, for example they will be given a paper ballot on which they will select their choices and which will be counted by hand; they will be given a paper ballot on which they will select their choices with the help of a voting machine; or they will be given a slip of paper with a numerical access code. Texans share many of the same basic needs of voting and nonvoting as other Americans. The republican party remains dominant after a decade that saw battles over legislature redistricting, intense and typically bitter campaigning among candidates both within and between the parties, progressively costly campaigning up and down the ballot. In 2002, Republican candidates swept all statewide races and took control of both houses of the Texas legislature, effectively taking on the institutions of authorities. the subsequent year the legislative assembly revisited the distribution of districts for the U.S. House of…
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