This thread is about the electoral college. For a long time I've believed that the electoral college is no longer necessary, and quite frankly in
this day and age a detriment to real citizen political involvement.
What is the electoral college?
The Electoral College, administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), is not a place, it is a process that began as part
of the original design of the U.S. Constitution. The Electoral College was established by the founding fathers as a compromise between election of the
president by Congress and election by popular vote. The people of the United States vote for the electors who then vote for the President.
source: Electoral College
Now this paragraph actually begs the question: When was the last time you voted for an elector? I personally don't recall ever voting for one. And
indeed it is misleading for the site to say that the people vote for the electors , as slightly down the page a link takes you to this explanation:
Who Selects the Electors? The process for selecting electors varies throughout the United States. Generally, the political parties nominate
electors at their State party conventions or by a vote of the party's central committee in each State. Electors are often selected to recognize
their service and dedication to their political party. They may be State-elected officials, party leaders, or persons who have a personal or political
affiliation with the Presidential candidate. Then the voters in each State choose the electors on the day of the general election. The electors'
names may or may not appear on the ballot below the name of the candidates running for President, depending on the procedure in each State.
source: same as above quotation.
I take this to mean that the parties for each candidate select the electors and then if you vote for that candidate that elector is chosen. And
sometimes you aren't even aware of choosing that elector because it's not required their names be shown.
Every presidential election I hear people asking; "Does my vote really count?" It would if the electors were required to vote the same way the
majority votes in every state. Is this in fact the reality of elector responsiblity? The answer is: In almost half of the states,no. In another six
states they are to vote according to party. The rest are mercifully required to vote as the majority of the state does.
source: Electoral voting requirements
Why is this archaic? Why should we change it?
I think that it isn't indicative anymore of the will of the people. Like Gore or not, he won the popular vote last election. More individuals voted
for him than for Bush. Is that not the will of the people? Bush won the electoral vote. As i just provided, almost half the states are not required to
vote as the people demand, and six vote according to party. I think it's time we got rid of the electoral votes and moved to a truly democratic
voting system where every vote counts, every voice is heard.
It's a sad fact that at least half of americans never vote. I believe it's largely due to that one question "Does my vote really count?" If we
moved to using solely the popular vote to elect our leader, i believe that more people would vote. Our president would then be a true representation
of the people's will.
what are your thoughts? Is the electoral college necessary in this day and age? Does it in fact limit our democratic political system? If we get rid
of it will we finally see a more active population in politics? And finally, will our political leaders be more inclined to follow the will of the
people if instead of a select few, all americans votes count in selecting our president?