“The electoral college should be replaced by a national popular vote.” Discuss (45) The Electoral College is an institution that was established by the founding Fathers to elect the President of the United States indirectly. The Electoral College is a system that should be abolished and replaced by direct election through a national popular vote. Supporters of the national popular vote make convincing arguments that it is the best system to decide the Presidential election in a society as vast as the United States. However, there are arguments that suggest the Electoral College should not be replaced by a national popular vote. When evaluating the arguments raised on both sides it I believe that the Electoral College should be replaced by a national popular vote.
These men greatly influenced the founding fathers. Source: about.com 5. Electoral College: Each state has representatives that were chosen indirectly by those states residents. The representative has the same views as the popular vote of the state. When a presidential election occurs it is the Electoral College’s votes that truly pick the next president.
They also lay and collect taxes, declare war, coin money, provide for the army and navy, and decide on tax laws. The Legislative Branch also has power over he Executive Branch, it can kick the President out of office and override a veto if there is a 2/3 vote in both houses. It has power over the Judicial Branch too, in that it can approve and impeach judges. To qualify to serve in the House of Representatives you must be 25 years of age and an American citizen. As well as in the Senate, the only difference is you must be 30 years old to qualify.
Every bill which passes the House of Representatives and the Senate is presented to the President of the United States before it become a law. (B) What does The Common Body of Tax Law consist of and how does a tax bill become law? The legislative process for most tax bills is as follows: Upon its introduction, a tax bill is referred to either of two Congressional committees, the House Ways and Means Committee or the Senate Finance Committee. After hearings and committee deliberation, the bill is sent to the floor of the House or Senate, where it is deliberated on before a vote. A bill that is passed in one chamber will then be sent to the other chamber and is called an engrossed bill.
These two ideas became the Great Compromise, and this was what created our bicameral system. This bicameral system resulted in a two part branch: the House of Representatives and the Senate. The House of Representatives would be the larger half of congress with its members being decided by population. The Senate would be made of one-hundred members, two for each state. This was for equal representation for each state.
A) What do you understand by the term ‘representative’ democracy? Representative democracy is where citizens elect representatives (MPs) on behalf of the majority to make decisions for them and formulate legislations. It's practical and it allows for people's views to be put into consideration, however, representatives are not bound and can go against the majority. For example; the UK is a representative democracy because citizens elect a representative party for with an appointed leader which make decisions on their behalf, the majority electorate elects the Prime Minister and his party in power to make legislation for the country. B) What are the principle features of democracy in the UK?
Since 1946, the average loss in a president's first term is 25 seats in the House of Representatives and three seats in the Senate. Truman (in 1946) and Clinton (in 1994) both lost 54 House seats, while Johnson (in 1966) lost 48. Why not elect everybody at the same time? The American system is designed to be overlapping, both in terms of the powers of the different bodies and in terms of when people are elected to them. The House of Representatives is the larger of the two houses of Congress.
When the time comes for the people of America to vote they go to the voters booth and actually cast their ballots for the electors committed to vote for the candidate of their party not the President and Vice President. Electors of the party receiving the highest vote in each state are elected. Their votes are mailed to the president of the U.S. Senate and he reveals the final decision. The candidates have to win a majority of 270 of the 538 elector votes in order to become elected as President.
The Electoral College is the system used in the United States to elect the President. A candidate must receive 270 out of 538 electoral votes to win the Presidency. Each state has a specific number of electors, which is determined by the total number of Senators and Representatives for the state; for example California has 53 Representatives and two Senators for a total of 55 electoral votes. The popular vote in each state receives all the electoral votes, except for the state of Maine and Nebraska, which both divide their electoral votes according to popular vote. Without knowing the Founding Fathers’ intention when establishing the Electoral College, it is difficult to understand why the popular vote was not acceptable.
People vote for electors, and those electors elect the president. The problem with this is that someone can win the presidency without winning the popular vote. Majority of Americans could have voted for President X, but President Y could still win. One recent example of this occurring is in the 2000 election, Bush v. Gore. “In 2000, Democrat Al Gore won the popular vote in the election, with 50,992,335 votes to 50,455,156 votes for George W. Bush.” (http://www.deseretnews.com/top/1093/9/2000-George-W-Bush-vs-Al-Gore-10-of-theclosest-presidential-elections-in-United-States-history.html) Al Gore had about half of a million more votes than George Bush.