At the constitutional convention in philadelphia in 1787, delegates discussed a number of possible methods for selecting the heads of the executive branch of the new nation's government election by congress, election by the governors of the states, direct election by the people—no one could agree on. The electoral college system further distorts the presidential campaign by causing the candidates to grant extra weight to the parochial needs of the swing states if you have to carry florida to win, it elevates the already ever-present need candidates feel to pander to elderly voters, cuban-americans,. The advocates of this position are correct in arguing that the electoral college method is not democratic in a modern sense the constitution provides that “ each state shall appoint, in such manner as the legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors, equal to the whole number of senators and. Instead of filtering and refining the people's will, the electoral college has become solely a reflection of the popular vote in each given state as we did for the election of senators with the 17th amendment, brings us one step closer to the full democracy the founders feared but that modern america has. Notes, laws, questions, arguments, links, and background information concerning the electoral college and the selection of the president of the united states in america, thanks to the presidential election mess of 2000, knows that the constitution provides that the president will be selected by an electoral college, not by. By 1836 all states selected their electors by direct popular vote except south carolina, which did so only after the american civil war in choosing opponents, however, argue that the potential for an undemocratic outcome—in which the winner of the popular vote loses the electoral vote—the bias against third parties and. Toward greater fairness, uniformity, and inclusiveness in our democracy yet the system for electing the most important representative of the american peo- ple is stuck in a time warp among the arguments advanced in favor of keeping the electoral college are that it protects the interests of the states, especially small states. 19, the electoral college will choose as president of the united states a candidate who lost the popular vote by more than 2 1/2 million votes that the fifth amendment assurance of due process of law includes a requirement that the federal government not deny any person equal protection of the laws.
America's presidential election system also was designed to empower the states, not just the american people as an undifferentiated mass modern opponents of the electoral college argue against what they call antidemocratic aspects of the institution, criticizing both the intermediary electors and the. Molly riley/upi/newscomit was the perfect ending to the strangest election in modern american history donald trump was officially elected as the next president of these united states on december 19, winning by a wide margin in the electoral college despite having lost the national popular vote six. Kids learn about the electoral college and how it elects the president of the united states government including how electors are chosen from each state, who can be a delegate, and the pros and cons of the system here are some of the arguments for and against the electoral college: for: the current process protects.
Since the election of donald trump against the will of most americans there has been an open discussion about the abolition of the electoral college democracy vs republic the first argument offered by defenders of the electoral college is the insistence that the united states is not a democracy but a republic, which is. Are american elections fair by stuart a kallen ten essays debate the us election process includes arguments for and against the electoral college, electronic voting machines, voting rights for felons and undocumented immigrants, and campaign finance reform discusses the disputed presidential election of 2000 and. The case against the electoral college with the 2016 presidential race in full swing, the perpetual debate over america's unique electoral system has resurfaced theoretically, electors could completely disregard the will of the people in the state they represent and vote however they please in fact. The twelfth amendment (amendment xii) to the united states constitution provides the procedure for electing the president and vice president it replaced the procedure provided in article ii, section 1, clause 3, by which the electoral college originally functioned problems with the original procedure arose in the.
The electoral college is an integral part of the presidential elections however, many americans don't agree with the processes behind this complex voting presidential candidates only campaign in swing states and major cities because the electoral college works in favor of candidates who gain the. But due to the magic of the electoral college, donald trump will be the next president of the united states election” was in actuality the venerable ritual in which the residents of florida, ohio, pennsylvania, and a few other states got the privilege of choosing the president of the united states of america. But much of the argument against accounting for the national popular vote is fundamentally anti-democratic it is defended as being but the electoral college does not prevent that and in fact using the reader's logic, in 2016 one state – texas – elected the president for all 50 if you were to move texas.
For the fifth time in us history, and the second time this century, a presidential candidate has won the white house while losing the popular vote in this week's electoral college balloting, donald trump won 304 electoral votes to hillary clinton's 227, with five democratic and two republican “faithless. There are a number of arguments against it: it does not fulfill its intended purpose as a mechanism for preventing the public from electing a demagogue as evidenced by its willingness to elect trump rather than overturning the state-level outcom.
All votes are counted equally and in close races recounted carefully america should copy this state-tested model when choosing the governor of us all: the president the fact that no state uses an electoral college for its governor suggests that many standard arguments for the electoral college — recount. In november 2000, newly elected new york senator hillary clinton promised that when she took office in 2001, she would introduce a constitutional amendment to abolish the electoral college, the 18th-century, state-by-state, winner-take-all system for selecting the president she never pursued her.
An effort known as the national popular vote interstate compact is an agreement among several us states and the district of columbia to award all their respective electoral votes to opponents of the compact argue that the states shouldn't circumvent the electoral college without federal consent so far. We have the electoral college to protect minority votes like from the black community if you didn't, they would vote against you you don't make any finally, the best argument for it: the united states of america, as you should be able to tell by the name, are multiple states, not just one to put this. By the states, the president indirectly elected through the electoral college, and the judiciary nominated by the president and appointed by the senate due to a skepticism of majorities, the constitution empowers different people to choose different components of the federal government to protect against.