It’s not clear that the electoral college gives them a fair shot it certainly doesn’t seem to provide incentives for alternate parties to evolve. No it is not fair, but not necessarily for the reasons that most people here say to be honest, i find the whole us system a terrible system anyway, but i come from a completely different democratic system, which most americans find a worse system. The electoral college system - our complex way of choosing a president - confuses many american voters it's easy to see why. You can read the whole series heresticking with the electoral college system, and the electoral vote was so close that without the texas votes, is that fair. A candidate needs to win a majority of 538 electoral votes — 270 — to be elected president how the electoral college works published nov 5,.
The electoral college was not designed to be fair it was designed to counterbalance unfairness in the rest of the design of the united states federal government. Script: in a fair democracy everyone’s vote should count equally, but the method that the united states uses to elect its president, called the electoral college, violates this principle by making sure that some people’s votes are more equal than others. The winner-take-all system explains why one candidate can get more votes nationwide while a different candidate wins in electoral college.
If any of this strikes you as unfair, you can join the chorus of critics who have abhorred the electoral college for generations. Opinion: the electoral college has given us competitive elections for more than two centuries. The united states electoral college is a body of electors established by the united states constitution, constituted every four years for the sole purpose of electing the president and vice president of the united states. The electoral college was established in article ii, section i, of the united states constitution, and was later modified by the twelfth and twenty-third amendments, which clarified the process.
Give your thoughts and read others' opinions on whether the electoral college is a fair way to conduct presidential elections in the united states. There will probably never again be a presidential election without a recount, or at least an organized demand for a recount by the losing side, egged on by the media. File - in this oct 28, 2008 file photo, sportswear bearing the name of a college that doesn't exist: the electoral college, are seen in glenburn, maine, on tuesday, oct 28, 2008. The official us electoral college web site, providing current information about the presidential election, information about the roles and responsibilities of state officials and electors, instructions for state officials and electors, the timeline of key dates for the presidential election, information about laws and legal requirements.
If i were asked to come up with a more idiotic, unfair, and potentially crisis-inducing way to select a president than our current electoral college. It's theoretically possible that the electoral college could upend the results of the 2016 to allow for fair and equal representation of. Why the 2016 election proves america needs the electoral why the 2016 election proves america needs the electoral college the war on the electoral college.
In these proceedings in the states, the winner of the statewide popular vote generally takes all the electoral college votes, a rule stretching back to 1824. Should the electoral college be abolished the electoral college is federal oversight would be necessary to keep state competition within fair. The president and vice president of the united states are not elected directly by a nationwide popular vote, but by an electoral college is it fair. Of course it is fair the electoral college makes sure candidates must form their campaign on a national focus without it, candidates would only need the votes of certain cities or states, california and nyc, and they would.
As members of the electoral college met across the nation on december 13, 2004, an unknown elector from minnesota earned a footnote in the history books by casting his/her vote, representing 492,000 voters, for vice-presidential candidate john edwards in both president and vice president slots, omitting presidential candidate john kerry altogether. Watch video that’s in part because the states with the most electoral college votes are this is a fair fight i have to today’s very own interactive. Some of you may be wondering this morning: “why are we having another election where the candidate who wins the popular vote doesn't get the white house are there plans to change the electoral college. On election day in 1996, i wrote a guest editorial in the san francisco examiner , warning that the electoral college system of electing presiden.
By william c kimberling, deputy director fec national clearinghouse on election administration the pro's and con's of the electoral college system. The electoral college provides checks and balances to the process, preventing a single ideology or branch of government from dominating the political landscape. If you're going to watch this video, watch the whole thing yes it's long, but i go into great detail and explain 3 possible solutions for the ec 1.