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. In addition to not being unfair, the electoral college has pragmatic benefits for example, although some votes remain to be counted, it looks like neither clinton nor trump won a majority (as opposed to a plurality) of the popular vote. The electoral college undermines our belief that the electoral process is fair every time that a candidate wins the popular vote but fails to win the presidency (which has happened three times so. Including washington, dc's three electors, there are a total of 538 electors in all us territory residents don't vote in the presidential election and are not represented in the electoral college.
Why the electoral college is not going to elect hillary clinton over donald trump in the past, i have warned of the risk that rogue electors could throw the outcome of a presidential election to a. 1 exploring the electoral college overview in this lesson, students will learn about the history and structure of the electoral college students will view a. The electoral college is a terrible device but it is the rule each candidate ran on railing against it now—and even offering money to electors to violate their promises—is not just futile. The us election system -- in particular the electoral college -- has been getting a bad rap since donald trump's victory other countries that rely on similar procedures sometimes have trouble.
The point of the electoral college is to preserve the sense of the people, while at the same time ensuring that a president is chosen by men most capable of analyzing the qualities. For that reason, views on the fairness of the electoral college are often partisan not surprisingly, many clinton supporters have called for its reform or abolitionbut most recent polls indicate. The fairness of the electoral college is indefensible it's not a fair system but then, there is more of democracy than fairness democracy must be stable, on one hand but a good democracy. The electoral college is a process, not a place the founding fathers established it in the constitution as a compromise between election of the president by a vote in congress and election of the president by a popular vote of qualified citizens.
But not even he has made an issue of the built-in bias associated with the electoral college, where residents of some states have more of a vote than citizens of other states. In fact, the argument that shows the fairness of the electoral college also shows the winner-take-all system is not fair citations problem with us elections: winner-takes-all electoral system. To supplement these resources, we are launching a new blog series designed to address the latest arguments from opponents we start today by first reviewing some important features of the current electoral college system and how those features influence our critique of current state laws governing modern elections. At the federal level, this problem could be greatly alleviated by abolishing the electoral college system it's the winner-take-all mathematics from state to state that delivers so much power to a relative handful of voters. If we want presidential elections to be fair and representative — as well as efficient — we should push to keep the electoral college in place, not dissolve it.
The electoral college misrepresents every state, but not as much as you may think if every person in each state voted, a vote in wyoming would be worth almost four times as much as one in california. The trouble with the electoral college let's stipulate that trump won the presidency fair and square the two candidates focused on winning in the electoral college, not the popular vote. However, i can't help but notice that the electoral college would be hard to get rid of is a very different statement from the one at the start of the thread: the electoral college is fair #261 9-10ths_penguin , dec 28, 2016. 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 any concern about the.
The electoral college is, essentially, a vestigial structure — a leftover from a bygone era in which the founding fathers specifically did not want a nationwide vote of the american people to. The quirks of the electoral college system were exposed this week when donald trump secured the presidency with an electoral college majority, even as hillary clinton took a narrow lead in the. I understand your concern that many of our political systems, including the systems for voting electoral college electors in most states, are not fair i suspect that sometime in your life you have been told, life is not fair. The electoral college is important because it reflects the will of the states charles fried 3:20 am we have a direct democracy: senators, representatives and members of the electoral college are.
The electoral college forces candidates to reach out to a variety of people over broad geographic areas, rather than only a few population centers. Efforts to get rid of the electoral college over the years, the electoral college has been much derided, including by its most recent beneficiary the electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.
While the twelfth amendment did not change the composition of the electoral college or the duties of the electors, it did change the process whereby a president and a vice president are elected the new electoral process was first used for the 1804 election. 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. In 48 states and dc, the statewide popular vote winner receives all the electoral college votes, no matter how close the race is in that state (see florida, 2000.