The electoral college is a unique method for indirectly electing the president of the united states it was established by article ii, section 1, clause 2 of the us constitution and modified by the 12th and 23rd amendments. Critics have long derided the electoral college as a fusty relic of a bygone era, an unnecessary institution that one day might undermine democracy by electing a. The electoral college has many quirks and complexities than can be difficult to explain, and it can create a few problems from time to time one of the main problems is that presidential candidates don’t have to win the popular vote in order to win the electoral vote and therefore the presidency. Time to end the electoral college image credit reflects the will of americans and promotes a more participatory democracy the electoral college. Democrats keep losing the electoral college while winning ever-larger popular-vote victories because their support is overly concentrated in under-represented states like california and new york clinton won california by. The electoral college is widely the advocates of this position are correct in arguing that the electoral college method is not democratic in a. Judged from the perspective of the primacy of democracy, the electoral college is, if not undemocratic, certainly less democratic than a direct national popular vote but judged from the american perspective, the primacy of liberty, there is nothing undemocratic about it.
Q: can the electoral college elect hillary clinton on dec 19 a: yes, it may be constitutionally possible but no, it will not happen, according to election experts. Washingtonnow that donald trump is the presumptive republican nominee, it's time to start looking at general election match-ups between him and the likely democratic nominee hillary clinton. One democratic elector with clinton campaign ties claimed dozens of democrats on the electoral college were willing to embrace the unprecedented plan to throw their votes to a consensus republican candidate — like mitt romney — as part of a strategy to coax gop electors to abandon trump. You can read the whole series heresticking with the electoral college one-vote principle of democracy because electoral votes are not distributed according. Democratic senator barbara boxer of california has introduced legislation to abolish the electoral college by amending the constitution, while a number of house democrats met earlier this week at a forum focused on potential reforms to the institution.
Maximizing democracy is not the same thing as maximizing the number of votes cast. Electoral college members seek intel briefing on possible russian meddling in election to aid by 10 members of the electoral college—nine democrats and a. But the electoral college guards against reasonable measures because of decisions made more than two centuries ago by a small group of white men who were not enthusiastic about democracy, trump’s electoral college advantage trumps clinton’s popular-vote win.
Although electoral college losers tilden and cleveland were near one another in time (and thus may have motivated some to push for change), their democratic party was not a party of populist reform it was a party of bosses and patronage. The electoral college by n the electoral votes were to be sealed and transmitted from each of the the electors of the democratic. Is the electoral college democratic an introduction that states what the electoral college (ec) is, briefly summarizes what your paper is about, and states. Only once in a great while does the popular vote and the electoral vote produce a different result (1824, 1876, 1888, and 2000) it is also supported by smaller states as the electoral college is basically just a way to give smaller states greater influence over the election through over representation.
Origins of the electoral college contrary to modern perceptions, the founding generation did not intend to create a direct democracy to the contrary, the founders deliberately created a republic -- or, arguably, a republican democracy -- that would incorporate a spirit of compromise and deliberation into decision-making. Not only does no other comparable democracy use any system like the electoral college, no american state does (although the constitution leaves them free to use the electoral system of their choice so long as it is consistent with “republican” government. Last week’s election produced the widest gap between the electoral college and the popular vote in a generation — a result of hillary clinton racking up huge m. A rigid electoral college which supported the democrats in each election from 2000 to 2012 — and of course has backed the democratic nominee without exception.
The pros and cons of the electoral college by michael curtis politics is a game many democrats, including the largely democratic media.
The electoral college is a strange mechanism, created to avert imaginary dangers, that violates basic democratic principles for no good reason democrats have been ready to ditch it for at least 12 years. The electoral college, by contrast, is gratuitously, inexcusably undemocratic it wasn’t always so the original electoral college, which lasted only through the first four presidential elections, was a beautiful idea it resembled the way a university chooses a new professor, and it had the same virtues. Many savvy political analysts believe the democrats have a built in advantage in the electoral college democrats have won four of the last six presidential elections, and in all six races, they have won a collection of 18 states plus the district of columbia, now totaling 242 electoral college votes. Electoral college is no way to show off democracy: column to set an example for the world, we should elect presidents the same way we elect everyone else. Gonzales’s analysis, which some will dismiss as premature but i applaud (it’s never too early), reaffirms one of the most important — and undercovered — story lines in presidential politics in the past decade: the increasing democratic dominance in the electoral college. The electoral college returns, however, gave jackson only 99 votes, 32 fewer than he needed for a majority of the total votes cast adams won 84 electoral votes followed by 41 for crawford, and 37 for clay all four candidates in the election identified with the democratic-republican party. 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.
America was once a world leader in democracy i will focus on the fact that no other country uses our anti-democratic electoral college. The electoral college is the group of citizens selected by the people to cast votes for president and vice president the presidential/vice presidential pair who wins the popular vote in any given state receives all of the state's electoral college votes 1.