The founding fathers intent of setting up the Government will never be know for certain, but it is infered that they preferred a republic over a democracy. In the constitutional convention the drafters had to decide how much power they would entrust with the people, and how much would be controlled by representatives. They chose to have Congress Make the laws, and congress would be directly voted on by the citizens. But the executive branch, needed a sole president and the founding fathers had to decide how to choose this president. The electoral college system has been in place for over two hundred years and Americans are still not sure how it works or if it is the best system. Many Americans feel they go to vote for the president, and in the end their vote doesn't count. The election process is pretty simple, every four years on the first tuesday following a monday in the month of novemeber, americans all around the country exercise one of the most important core guarantee's the constitution has to offer. The right to vote for your representatives in the government, expecially the president. "Artical two, section one of the costitution sets the requirements for a presidental canidate to meet before running for office. No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States." (United States Presidential Eligibility Legislation.) Each party will host a primary, where certain individuals within a party duke it out to see who will run for office for that particual party. Then all the canidates who won their primaries face off in the presidental election. Each canidate will travel across America to key states to campaign trying to win the vote of the people and the elctoral voters in that state. States went in two different directions in picking elector. the general ticket, where the popular vote gets all the electoral votes in that particular state; The district system, where each congressional district picked the electors. Plenty of people have tried to reform these systems by making a more homogeneous system in all the states, but the constitution is very clear that it is up to each individual state to select how they want to choose electors. The district system eventually dropped out because it aided third parties. This left the general ticket system as the dominating system. However, the framers originally intended electors to be chosen by the people and then vote for what they thought was best. There are two states that still use the district system, but the remaining fourty eight states use the general ticket system. Most all states no longer show the electors' names on the ballot. The voter votes for either the president or the party that they want to hold office. This causes a problem of the unfaithful elector. Electors are expected to ratify the people's choice by voting for candidates winning the popular election. Electors that do not vote for what they are expected to vote for are considered faithless or unfaithful electors. This has not traditionally been a problem in the history of the electoral college but it could possibly be a problem. Twenty six states do not require an elector to vote for what they have pledged to vote for by state law. Although these states are still considered under the general ticket system. Aswell each state has the right to decide how to select these electors. Forty eight states use the general ticket system, but two still use the district system. There is an election held in each congressional district in both states. The
For many years now government has been an extremely important component to the way a country is ran. Every country has its own government of choice, therefore across the globe there are various different kinds of governments. In the United States of America, a system known as the Electoral College is used. There are many secrets and myths that come along with this unique style of government. Not many people know exactly what it is they are voting for when they enter a voting booth…
The Electoral College should be replaced by a national popular vote, discuss.
Arguments that the Electoral College should be replaced by a national popular vote include:
all of the original rationale for the Electoral College has disappeared and it is now a constitutional anachronism
the winner is not guaranteed a majority of the popular vote (or may even lose the popular vote), and consequently may lack legitimacy
the Electoral College gives some voters more clout than others; extra weight…
to vote for the President and Vice President of the United States. Throughout the election, we are guaranteed one vote per person and equal voice in electing the people to serve in our government. The way the United States votes its president into office is through the Electoral College. The Electoral College is a body of people, theoretically representing the fifty states of America, who cast votes for the election of the president and vice president. Should the Electoral College be abolished? Yes…
The Electoral College
“What was its purpose, and has its purpose run its course?”
The setting, a country recovering from a long and painful war with England gaining their countries independence. With the Articles of Confederation still in effect, our founding fathers devised a plan for a stronger federal government with three branches, Executive, legislative and Judicial giving us a checks and balance system so no single branch would have too much excessive power. Starting…
Political Science- Section 2005
December 8 2014
Electoral College flaws
The Electoral College system is unique as it is only used here in the United States. The exclusive system is designed to select both the President and Vice-President. Each state is allotted a certain amount of electoral votes based on their population rather than their land mass. While there are a lot of supporters for the system, there are multiple different theories on reforming the system…
The process of the Electoral College is something that is confusing to everyone in America; you walk in to the voting booth on the first Tuesday of November to cast your vote for who you think should be president. You think, as most people do, that your vote will be counted along with the rest of the population, that popular vote will decide the next President of the United States. You do this because you believe it could be the deciding vote for the presidential race. That concept is wrong, your…
equal representation (2 per state)
The house is based on representation by population for each state
The first census was in 1790 and each state gained a representative in the house for every 30,000 people. But to keep the house from becoming too large, in 1912 they limited it to only 435 representatives. Each state is guaranteed at least one representative.
1. Qualifications for Senators
-Thirty years or older
-Citizenship for at least nine years
-must live in the state that they are representing…
The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows
Clause one is a "vesting clause," similar to other clauses in Articles One and Three, but it vests the power to execute the instructions of Congress, which has the exclusive power to make laws; "To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution…
American Politics Final Exam Questions
1. In the design of the United States government, Congress was given the legislative power. It "makes the laws" for the nation.
a. What procedure does the Constitution require for Congress to make law?
Article I of the Constitution "all legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives." The House and Senate are equal partners in the legislative process––legislation…
Constitution. He helped establish and strengthen the new national government.
Directions: Read Chapter 6, section 1 and answer the following questions in complete sentences.
1. By what process was George Washington elected president?
The first presidential election, won by George Washington in 1789, the Electoral College unanimously elected Washington President. _____________________________________________________…