Notes, laws, questions, arguments, links, and background information concerning the electoral college and the selection of the president of the united states. The equal protection argument against “winner take all” in the electoral college in 2000, republican lawyers, desperately seeking a way to stop the recount in florida, crafted a brilliant equal protection argument against the method by which the florida courts were recounting votes before that election, no. Protesters demonstrate against president-elect donald trump outside independence hall in philadelphia on nov 13 the founders who sat in the 1787 constitutional convention lavished an extraordinary amount of argument on the electoral college, and it was by no means one-sided the great. Arguments against the electoral college stink mostly of sour grapes in sports as in politics, winners tend to believe the rules were fair while the losers cry foul arguments against the electoral college are no different the electoral college protects the sanctity of our vote more than it distorts it. Or conversely that the electoral college protects small states by augmenting their importance (i should note again that i don't favor simply eliminating the electoral college in favor of a straight direct election, but the arguments are much the same either way) there are several problems with this view, the.
It's true that very legitimate campaign financing concerns, the electoral college system, and gerrymandering can create a seemingly bleak landscape when it comes to the potential to influence election it's easy to feel defeated and like a single vote doesn't matter, but it turns out your vote could have more. Despite the oddness and unfairness of this system, its defenders argue that it ordinarily “works” just fine states award electors based on the outcome of the popular vote in the state those electors almost always end up voting the way they're expected to and the winner of the national popular vote is. Indeed, two of the most prominent arguments in favor of the electoral college cannot withstand scrutiny the electoral college does not prevent tyranny of the majority the framers were concerned about tyranny of the majority and therefore incorporated rules in the constitution that require supermajorities in.
The winner-take-all system explains why one candidate can get more votes nationwide while a different candidate wins in electoral college since winner- take-all laws began in the 1820s, electors have rarely acted independently or against the wishes of the party that chose them a majority of states. Since the election of donald trump against the will of most americans there has been an open discussion about the abolition of the electoral college what i have found interesting is that these arguments have come exclusively from the left part of this may be because in recent years the candidate losing the election. Among the arguments advanced in favor of keeping the electoral college are that it protects the interests of the states, especially small states that it's a key part of our federal system and that minorities and others in large urban areas would lose influence without it the argument for abolishing it, in favor of direct election.
Still others argue that, while the electoral college may not be any more antiquated than the rest of the constitution, the mechanism is simply ridiculous the clincher for this argument against the electoral college comes in akhil reed amar's description of how thomas jefferson was elected president in 1800 : southerner. Con sam bernstein staff writer america needs to repeal the electoral college last tuesday, americans had an election, and citizens voted hillary clinton to be its next president however, clinton likely will not be our next president in an outdated, unfair process, donald trump captured the presidency by.
True, the winner-take-all electoral college does prevent the vote from splintering, potentially giving us popular-vote winners with pluralities below 30 percent but that potential problem could be addressed through runoff elections the argument against runoff elections is that they potentially empower fringe. Furthermore, trump's election is arguably the exact kind of populist movement the electoral college was designed to protect against, meaning it has failed in its designated purpose the electoral college's proponents argue that it keeps small states in the conversation and ensures a president has.
Arguments against the electoral college no it's too complicated a direct election is simpler—just count up all the votes across the country, and whoever gets the most, wins it's how we do every other election—why should voting for president be different under the electoral college, votes count only at the state level—if. Arguments between proponents and opponents of the current electoral system include four separate but related topics: indirect election, disproportionate voting power by some states, the winner-takes-all distribution method (as chosen by 48 of the 50 states), and federalism arguments against the electoral college in.
Many of the arguments on this top ten list are superficially clever, but ultimately makeweight often they sweep too broadly andprove too much, with unattractive logical implications in general, most pro-electoral college arguments (both those listed below, and other, more minor arguments we have not. Modern opponents of the electoral college argue against what they call antidemocratic aspects of the institution, criticizing both the intermediary electors and the state-by-state system of voting calls to fundamentally change the electoral college reached a peak after republican george w bush defeated. The most populous states could correctly argue at the supreme court that their votes are being systematically undervalued in presidential elections. All votes are counted equally and in close races recounted carefully america should copy this state-tested model when choosing the governor of us all: the president the fact that no state uses an electoral college for its governor suggests that many standard arguments for the electoral college — recount.
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. Rick hertzberg continues his thankless, vital lonely job of carefully refuting every argument raised against the national popular vote plan for instance, one op-ed asserts: under npv, the necessary plurality could be confined to a few states, or a single region of the country multiple regional or even. We have the electoral college to protect minority votes like from the black community if you didn't, they would vote against you you don't make any finally, the best argument for it: the united states of america, as you should be able to tell by the name, are multiple states, not just one to put this. There are a number of arguments against it: it does not fulfill its intended purpose as a mechanism for preventing the public from electing a demagogue as evidenced by its willingness to elect trump rather than overturning the state-level outcom.