My main problem with the electoral college is that it's no longer allowed to do its intended job if you read federalist 68 by alexander hamilton, he details the type of candidate that could win over enough voters to ascend to the highest office i. On the modern-day operation of the college system, see crs report rl32611, the electoral college: how it works in contemporary presidential elections, by thomas h neale the electoral college has been the subject of criticism and proposals for reform since before 1800 constitutional and structural. While most of these elections follow the popular vote method, the office of president is decided by the electoral college a widespread criticism of representative democracy is that the representatives become the elites that seldom consult ordinary citizens, so even though they are elected, a truly. Living in ohio or florida shouldn't increase the value of your vote but right now it does.
The electoral college distorts presidential campaigns, disenfranchises voters and drives partisanship, stanford scholars say they suggest constitutional reforms to adopt a single national popular vote where the one-person, one-vote concept applies. Those who oppose the electoral college do so for lots of reasons -- the main one being that it doesn't reflect the popular will of the people another critique is that so-called faithless electors could go rogue -- not follow the voting pattern of their state -- and, in so doing, swing a close election to another. The electoral college has been the subject of criticism and proposals for reform since before 1800 constitutional and structural criticisms have cent. Critics of the electoral college system call it a relic of the 18th century—when only three-fifths of a black person was counted, and black men, women and white men who didn't own property couldn't vote—and argue that it doesn't fairly represent our nation as it exists today in recent elections, national.
Hillary clinton won more votes than donald trump in last month's presidential election but due to the magic of the electoral college, donald trump will be the next president of the united states y. The second criticism of the electoral college is the most challenging one must defend the electoral college not as perfect, but as a better solution than the alternative, ie, direct popular election of the president in very close elections, victory can be denied the candidate receiving the most popular votes nationwide. Every four years, the electoral college creeps back into the lives of american voters in some presidential elections, the strange, indirect system used to select the next us president can feel like a formality that doesn't seem to matter much in other elections, it matters very much indeed this is one of those. Much criticism has resulted from a candidate winning the electoral vote without winning the popular vote in the infamous election of 2000, george bush won the electoral vote despite losing the popular vote to al gore.
Robert shapiro, a political science professor at columbia university, said critics will likely push for us officials to abolish the arcane system “there might be some initial clamour, but then it will disappear,” shapiro told afp, noting that fully scrapping the electoral college would require amending the us. These dire predictions are hardly new for critics of the electoral college, the achilles heel of the college is its ability to select a presi- dent that fails to win the popular vote moreover, and as a direct re- sult of the close presidential elections in the last forty years, many students of the electoral college have continually. However, by the early 1800s, the state electors were voting as a block in favor of the presidential candidate who won the most votes in their state so the electoral college did no debating or deliberating, but instead became a mechanism for registering the state's decision critics of the electoral college have.
The election of president and vice president of the united states is an indirect election in which citizens of the united states who are registered to vote in one of the 50 us states or in washington, dc cast ballots not directly for those offices, but instead for members of the us electoral college, known as electors. Although groups like the league of women voters have long supported the abolition of the electoral college,1 the protracted proceedings in florida as well as the apparent disparity between the popular and the electoral college vote have further fueled calls to abolish the electoral college critics urge a.
The swing states will be the primary determinants of the election, as opposed to the states that are firmly entrenched in voting for one party or another further criticism includes the fact that the electoral college system actually devalues the individual vote and discourages voter turnout because every voter's vote only matters. Voting for president of the united states come this november, many of us americans will journey to our specified polling place to cast a vote for the next president of the united states our government leads us to believe that our vote matters, and that we should not take the responsibility lightly. Since its conception in 2006, the compact has been criticized as a constitutional end run that shouldn't be taken seriously and yet it's far closer to taking effect than most of us realize ten states, plus the district of columbia, have already joined, representing 165 combined electoral votes by its own rules,. Criticism.
Yet another criticism is that it discourages voters in states where one party holds a substantial majority ie republicans in typically blue states like california or democrats in red states like texas since electoral votes are awarded on a winner-take-all basis, even a significant minority of contrarian votes will not make any. A shock election victory for political outsider donald trump means people worldwide are wondering how it came to happen here is a run-down of the us electoral college voting system and why it matters so much how does the electoral college system work. Hillary clinton blamed the electoral college for her stunning defeat in the 2016 presidential election in her latest memoir, 'what happened' some have claimed that. Ever since the photo-finish presidential election in 2000, in which george bush prevailed by a mere 5 electoral votes, despite losing by one-half-million votes in the national popular vote, there's been criticism of the electoral college following the 2016 election and donald trump's convincing win with a 77.