In America, voting for the President is a privilege and a lie. Many Americans think when they go to the polls in November, they are voting for the President of the United States; but really, they are voting for a group of electors who have pledged to support a nominee for the President. The Founding Fathers were concerned that presidents would always come from a populous state and wondered whether the public would have the knowledge of various candidates necessary to make a wise selection. They did not have access to technology like the internet or smart phones as we do. In most states, as the result of the election, the state awards all its electors to the winning candidate (Belenky 1308). A Presidential a candidate must win 270 Electoral
Professor Judith A. Best makes many different points in her paper, defending the Electoral College and why it is good for the society. Not everyone in the United States can possibly know the nationa...
In 1787, The Electoral College was established by the founding fathers of The United States and put into the Constitution for a compromise between who congress votes for as president and who the people vote for as president. This established an indirect system for voting for the president. Each state chooses a representative to represent their state and vote for the president. The representatives from each state also choose the vice president. The Electoral college consists of 538 members. 435 of its members come from the House of Representatives. 100 of them come for the Senate and 3 come from D.C. The House of Representatives is one of Congress’ two chambers. The House of Representatives are based on population. After the census has been
Even though the Electoral college worked in the past it isn’t working for the present. The Electoral College was created to help elect a president. How that works is the 50 states are assigned so many voting representatives depending on population in that state. This worked in the past due to most states population was equal but in present times its not so some states have more of a say so in electing the president of The United States. Even though the Electoral College worked in the past, it needs to be change for the present and these reasons are; it gives bigger states more votes and is unfair to smaller states (Clayton)
Each party within a state selects a slate of electors numerically equal to the state’s congressional delegation; representatives plus senators. So, when the American people vote for president and vice president they are actually voting for slates of electors pledged to their candidates. The electoral vote of each state is cast as a unit, and the victorious presidential and vice presidential nominees in each state win the state’s entire electoral vote. The candidates receiving a majority of the total electoral vote in the United States are elected. This is actually established in Article II, section I, of the Constitution, it’s intentions being to resolve interstate disputes about power based on geographical and regional differences. However, it was blatantly distrustful and alarmingly paternalistic towards the American populace, not to mention being flat out undemocratic. The Electoral College was aimed at preventing the gen...
2016 is slowly approaching as 2015 comes to an end and thus ushers in a new President at the end of the year! The 2016 election will be held on November 8th, 2016 and will be the 58th quadrennial presidential election. With each presidential election comes the controversy on the basis of how they were elected. Primarily, the publics opinion on the electoral college and how it is the actual determining factor in who is chosen for presidency. The problems that may spring forward will be what the electoral college actually is and how it works, why the founding fathers created the Electoral College, major criticisms on the Electoral College, and why it should be abolished.
During the United States Presidential Elections we are inundated with propaganda that insists we carry out our civic duty and cast a ballot which will help to determine who our nation’s next leader will be. The President of the United States is undoubtedly the most influential individual in our country so, of course, citizens must take the election process very seriously. Yet, how much influence do the voters of this democratic nation truly have on such an important decision? Unfortunately, many people are unaware of a voting process that takes place during each election. This process does not necessarily include the citizens of the United States and is known as Electoral College. It is the Electoral College that impedes on our nation’s democratic presidential election process and challenges its integrity as well.
The electoral college system is not only unfair but also outdated. People in smaller states are less likely to vote because they think their electoral college votes don't count or change anything. People in bigger states often vote a lot more than the smaller states, people need to vote and their vote needs to decide not the electoral college vote. If the popular vote was to elect the president than a lot would change in our history maybe for worse or better.
The popular vote is one of the largest issues that is present in the Electoral College. Many times a candidate will lose the Electoral College vote, but be victorious in winning the popular vote by an overwhelming number of votes. An example of this has recently occurred in the election for the presidency in the year 2017. Is it a weird, but agreed upon concept that the result of the Electoral College will determine who to give the presidency to which candidate. According to the Amendments and the Framers’ creation of the Electoral College, it is by the Constitution supposed to go to the candidate winning the Electoral College. “… the electors showed that they are nothing but a formality, a relic that has cast away the final chance to justify its
Do citizens realize most of their votes doesn’t count? Thanks to the U.S. Constitution voting has been a part of America’s history for hundreds of years. But the primary election is voting for the next president of the United States. The system being used to elect the president is called the Electoral College. This system is outdated and no longer serve its purpose. When the founding fathers created the Electoral College, it was put in place to help the slave masters, men in power and to ensure the smaller states had a position in the election. The Electoral College was not meant to serve most Americans. That’s why the Electoral College should be eliminated and replace with a popular vote.
The electoral college has kept the USA together, it’s given the United States stability and has distributed power equally between the north and the (previously) slaveholding southern states, but now comes the question, does it still work? Should the presidential election continue to use the system of election (the electoral college, a system of indirect voting where each state holds a general election in order to elect electoral voters who then represent that state in the election for president) that it uses now? The answer? No, the electoral college should be abolished because it creates inequality between voters, it doesn’t allow third parties a shot at winning, and it doesn’t represent the wishes of the general population.
One big issue that’s popped up in America is the riots and protests from people who are opposed to Donald Trump possibly being the next president of the United States. One action these protesters have taken is trying to abolish the electoral college because Trump won the electoral college but not the popular vote. Now sure this sounds good but there’s a problem that I have with this and it’s that it would become unfair because most to all highly populated states with big cities are democratic giving the democrats a huge advantage. I did research and I found out of the 100 most populated cities in America 67 of which are democratic, 27 are republican, 3 are independent, and 3 are unknown. If this idea of abolishing the electoral college is implemented
Thesis statement: The Constitution assigns each state a number of electors equal to the combined total of the state’s Senate and House of Representatives delegations; at present, the number of electors per state ranges from three to 54, for a total of 538.
The Electoral College should be abolished because of its undemocratic system, its discrimination against voters in different states, and the subversion of its original purpose as was intended by the Framers.