An easy way to reform the electoral college if 2016 election results hold up, a candidate has won the presidency while losing the popular vote five times in us history. Well, there is at least one practical reason why the system should stay as it is, according to judge richard posner the electoral college prevents run-off elections, so it produces a clear winner. The electoral college is under fresh assault on the heels of donald trump's victory last november—the second time in five presidential races the popularly elected candidate lost the election. Reform the electoral college so that the electoral vote reflects the nationwide popular vote for president. Let's start with the basics: in presidential races, each state has electoral votes equal to the number of its house representatives plus two for its senators.
Under the electoral college system, it is possible for a presidential candidate to lose the nationwide popular vote, yet be elected president of the united states by winning in only a handful of key states. Why joaquin gonzalez has joined the all-out effort to overhaul the electoral college democracy café sep 14, 2018 when joaquin gonzalez heard about the effort of harvard law professor lawrence lessig and other compatriots to challenge and prospectively overhaul the. The official us electoral college web site, providing current information about the presidential election, information about the roles and responsibilities of state officials and electors, instructions for state officials and electors, the timeline of key dates for the presidential election, information about laws and legal requirements related to the presidential election and the electors.
The electoral college was created for two reasons the first purpose was to create a buffer between population and the selection of a president the second as part of the structure of the government that gave extra power to the smaller states. The arguments for the electoral college's retention largely have to do with a desire to guarantee that presidential candidates don't spend all their time running up the vote in big cities and more. In fact, poll after poll, for quite some time, has shown that most americans would like to replace the electoral college delegate system with the popular vote - one person, one vote and the. 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 12 th and 23 rd amendments the electoral college consists of a total of 538 members, one for each u.
The electoral college has become dated and extended past its usefulness although the electoral system may possess benefits, the disadvantages heavily outweigh the advantages therefore, definite modifications are greatly needed to protect the democratic government which our forefathers struggled so hard to establish. It is time to abolish the electoral college in favor of a single national popular vote where all votes count equally, stanford political experts say. And, as in the other elections when the electoral college reversed the popular vote, the election had been close and the winner earned a plurality, not a majority, of the popular vote. The time has come: reform the electoral college now by lawrence lessig, the daily beast 14 september 17 the founders created the electoral college, but the states made it winner-take-all.
The reason why five of our nation's 45 incoming presidents have entered office after losing the national popular vote (while winning the electoral-college vote) is that most states have winner. The united states electoral college is a body of electors established by the united states constitution, constituted every four years for the sole purpose of electing the president and vice president of the united states. The electoral voting system is a winner-take-all system that gives power to only eleven states we have to reform it the electoral college is a system that makes voters in less populous states worth more, and voters in more populous states worth. The most misunderstood institution in our constitutional government is the electoral college most recently, the chair of the democratic national committee claimed that the electoral college is.
The electoral college, in its day, served its purpose when communication between states took weeks and the voting populace was determined by property ownership in today's literate and lightning-fast society, the electoral college has no place. The electoral college is a democratically indefensible anachronism that dilutes minority votes while disproportionately amplifying whites votes defenses of the system are almost comically. The time has come : reform the electoral college now - readersupportednewsorg you'll reform the electoral college when we have a democratic president, and a democratic congress with a huge majority, and both of them have political courage, and lack the need for kickbacks.
To its critics, the electoral college is a relic that violates the democratic principle of one person, one vote, and distorts the presidential campaign by encouraging candidates to campaign only. Back in 1934, a vote to abolish the electoral college failed in the senate by just two votes at the time, then-sen alben barkley (d-ky), who would later become vice president, labeled the. Why its time to reform the electoral college even though the electoral college worked in the past it isn't working for the present the electoral college was created to help elect a president how that works is the 50 states are assigned so many voting representatives depending on population in that state.