13 October, 2017
The Fault in Our Democracy
In the most recent presidential election, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received the most votes. Think back to this previous Presidential Election, which candidate received the most votes? The answer is Hillary Clinton. In fact, Hillary Clinton received almost three million more votes than Donald Trump. So how did Donald Trump win the election? How, in such a meaningful arena as the election to the leader of the free world, does this happen, and why? Except, as commonly known, the President of the United States of America is Donald Trump. So how could this happen, and furthermore, in such an important election as for the President of the United States of America. The answer lies in the Electoral College. Briefly, the system of the Electoral College The system that is responsible for this is the Electoral College. To explain, the Electoral College is, to be quite brief, separates American voters by state and assigns each state an amount of electoral votes commensurate with the state’s population. This system leads to an unequal balance of voting worth among voters from different states. the breaking up of American people and assigning them different amounts of votes based on their population. However, this system can lead to the uneven distribution of each American’s individual voting worth. Since particular people’s votes are now worth more than others, what is the point in appealing to other Americans, whose vote is not worth as much? Consequently, this makes the Electoral College an unfair system for the American individual and it should be modified in order to elect a more legitimate President. Comment by Anonymous: What does this mean?
Granted, the Electoral College is almost an archaic system, however, we cannot blame our nation’s founders for the flaws we find today. To add background; the United States Constitution was written in a time when political parties did not yet exist. In the conflicting party’s absence, the largest division between Americans was low population states versus high population states (Ross). In the hope of receiving greater representation, the smaller states vouched for Congress to elect our President. While the larger states, which had larger populations, advocated for a national popular vote. Consequently, this forced the founders to come to a compromise named the Electoral College (Bialek). An equal mixture of the two ideas, they presented a system of representation similar to that of Congress, of which the American people voted exclusively for the purpose of Presidential Elections.
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