Second, as it stands the Electoral College diminish voter turnout. Third, “faithless electors,” of which this country has had many, could decide an election. Lastly, the House of Representatives and, even an extreme case, the vice president can decide the president. The most obvious problem with the Electoral College is that a president can receive the majority of the votes and lose. In a true election the most popular candidate always wins.
The electoral colleges also cause the individual vote to become pointless by using a “winner-takes-all” system in many states (Citizens for True Democracy). In these systems, all of a state’s electoral votes go to the candidate who gathered a majority vote. In many elections, candidates who didn’t receive the highest percentage of the popular vote were still elected president because they received enough votes from the Electoral College. For example, in the presidential election of 1824, John Quincy Adams was elected president with 108,740 popular votes, even though Andrew Jackson received 153,544 votes (Bailey, Kennedy, and Cohen A28). Such a system does not accurately reflect the wishes of the citizens in this “democratic” nation.
The Electoral College is one of the only things that don’t follow this rule and it needs to change. It needs to change because it does not necessarily mean that the more popular president will get the job. For example Al Gore got the popular vote, but George Bush won the election. If it was majority rules then Al Gore would have become president and the country may be a lot different than it is today. Al Gore deserved to win but since Bush won the more meaningful states he got the job even though America wanted Gore.
And we choose are president, not electors. Finally, these consequences go far beyond simple "fairness" issues. Too many times in American history the Electoral College has single-handedly defeated the purpose of democracy in our country. Since the first presidential election, there have been more than a dozen instances in which somebody has been elected president without a majority of the votes. The following are examples from how the electoral college has disrupted an election: Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton, and now George Bush.
Election Problems Even though my experience may be limited in politics, I still understand how grave of a situation it is having everything controlled by the republicans, because with total domination of one party the democratic system is weighed heavily to one side. Even some republicans agree that dominance over every branch is a problem. It is false hope for the President and his colleagues to think that just because they won the election that every person who voted for them is supporting their conservative ways and plans. This distorted image could possibly have been humbled if the electoral system was different. In many states Bush only won by 2% but all of the electoral votes went to him, despite the fact that 50% of voters chose a different candidate.
Although majority felt that the citizens of the United States should elect the president, they felt that the citizens would easily be misinformed and not familiar enough with the candidates to choose the right person. Due to this, it was decided that a group of electors would decide on the President. Each state casts a number of electoral votes equal to the number of senators and representatives they have. Small states are given at least three votes and the largest state, California, has fifty-four votes. The District of Columbia is also included in the College Electoral process and has three votes, as well.
The reason for this strange outcome and why Al Gore lost was because of the Electoral College. The Electoral College is voting system where different states are given a certain amount of votes in the election, and which ever candidate wins a state, is given that state’s votes. The Electoral College is out of date, and should be replaced by the Popular Vote system, which declares a president purely on who collects the most votes from the American people. The Popular Vote system is better than the electoral college, because it gives the American people a true say in the presidential election, and doesn’t filter their votes out in so called “mini state elections”. The electoral college is too flawed to continue to run the presedential elections of the united states, it gives an unfair advantage to smaller states in the United States, it promotes the two party system, it restricts campainging process because of the way certain canidates are forced to strategically focuse on certain states, and finally it elects minority presidents into office.
For example, the presidential election of 2000 with republican George W. Bush and democrat Al Gore were running for presidency ,and Al Gore won the popular vote, yet George Bush was elected for president.This demonstrated debates whether the electoral college system is a fair way to vote for the future leader of this country. We live in a democracy country which means, one vote equals one vote to directly chose the president , not the 538 members of electoral college. Direct democracy will give citizens of this nation a choice and a voice. Having a person’s vote count directly to a candidate will encourage more citizens to go out and vote and this will affect the nation in a good way because the number of voters in The United States will increase massively compared to the number of voters with the electoral college system. The United States develops discerning ideas to make our country a better well
If you think on the Election Day, you just voted for US president, than you are mistaken, just like millions of Americans who hope their votes would pick next president. When voting for President, we actually vote for state electors who hold Electoral votes. Electoral votes are the votes that decide victory of candidate in election. This Electoral College System has limited democracy to people in major three ways. Electoral college holds an ability to alter result of Election over popular votes, discriminates candidates to campaign in certain states not others, and creates high voter turnouts.
One serious flaw in the Electoral College system is that the popular vote winner does not always win Presidency. This is a result of two factors. “In each State the winning candidate customarily receives all that State’s electoral votes”(343). For example, in 1992 Bill Clinton received barely 50% to win New ... ... middle of paper ... ...rly History of the Electoral College, 1). This method cannot be the best if it has flaws.