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…And How are we Represented Again?!

The complex election process is fascinating because there are so many factors that can change the outcome of the election. Usually in a democracy, the people get to choose their representative but in the United States, we choose representatives that then choose the elector and make the decisions. Democracy gives all people a voice even if they do not have a direct say in the process. However, the candidates must jump through a series of hoops to become president and probably one of the most dificult hoops has the most impact on the outcome: the Electoral College.

A confusing part of the election process for most is the Electoral College system, which entitles a representative to cast their ‘pledged vote’ for a specific candidate. Meaning that even if a candidate wins the popular vote, it does not necessarily mean that they will win the electoral votes.Every state gets a number of electors equal to the number of Representatives. Due to the fact that each state elects the electors based on their population and individual states have more say in the outcome of the election rather than individuals. The Electoral College system has its opposers and supporters and each believe that there is only one way to represent the American population either through direct democracy or partial democracy.

Supporters of the Electoral College system argue that it is best to not have the popular vote dictate the outcome of elections because people only want to satisfy what they want at the moment rather than thinking about the future. The opposers argue that it does not satisfy the majority of the country and it defeats the purpose of a democracy if the people do not have a say in the election. However, the Electoral College is the system that America follows regardless if the popular candidate wins or not. Usually the President who win the electoral votes may have a higher satisfaction rate and therefore, I believe that the electoral college should be untampered with unless it would be to remove any unpartisan bias. The Electoral ensures the voter’s confidence in their candidate if he/she is  supported by a group of highly-qualified officials thinking only about the future of the country.

The election process is a controversial one, but in the end most of the presidents receive a high approval rating so there must be some valor in the efforts and the outcome of the electoral college.

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  1. danielagov
    May 2, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Very well written and provides lots of factual information. Condensing paragraphs and making them smaller and adding more of your opinion would improve it. One sentence I found to be a tad confusing, ” Meaning that even if a candidate wins the popular vote does not necessarily mean that they will win the electoral votes.” I think it just needs a comma and an additional word or two.

  2. May 2, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I agree with danielagov. This is a fabulous “essay.” It is slightly hard to read because the paragraphs are long and dense. Your political cartoons are spot on – they are very relevant and interesting. In your first sentence you used the word “effectors,” however I am pretty sure the better word is “factors.” Overall, this is a great post.

  3. May 2, 2012 at 10:01 am

    An intriguing post, if you could maybe move a picture between the first and second paragraph to make it a bit more appealing and there is one part that may need a hypperlink: “However, Kenneth Mayer, a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison stated that “there is no evidence that stricter campaign finance rules reduce corruption or raise positive assessments of government.”” Great post!

  4. May 10, 2012 at 8:12 am

    I think you may actually have two posts here: one about campaign finance and the other about the electoral college… maybe consider splitting them in 2?

    Regarding campaign finance, you close that section with your opinion: “Personally, I think that funding should not be limited by individuals or private entities because people should not be limited on how much they choose to donate to support their candidate.” I’m curious to learn more about WHY you have taken this view…

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