Why Americans Stopped Voting

12 Pages 3055 Words August 2015

. Primary elections are held in which the candidate must then win delegate support. The candidate must compete with other candidates in the same party in hopes of wining their party’s nomination at the national party convention. Once chosen by their party, the candidate campaigns throughout the country in hopes of gaining the support of the general population. The general election is held where the people vote for the president and then the Electoral College casts its vote. If elected, the President is inaugurated on January 20th and is sworn into office (Euchner and Maltese).
Many say they don’t vote because they feel their vote does not count. The Electoral College makes it seem that way. The Electoral College is explained in article two of the Constitution ("The Constitution of the United States " 87). This system is an example of the how our government is an indirect democracy. In other words, we do not directly chose our president. One reason why the Electoral College was developed was because of the Antifederalist and the Federalist debates- whether or not the states or government should have more power. This system is a compromise for the two (Euchner and Maltese). So, how does the Electoral College works? Each state is given a certain amount electors based on population and then two more for the Senators (Euchner and Maltese). For example, New York has 31, California has 55, and Wyoming has 3. The problem with the Electoral College is, for example, the state of New York votes for Obama, the electors, the people who represent New York, don’t necessarily have to vote for Obama, they can vote for who ever they want. Though this may seem unfair, this is another reason why this system was developed. A fear of the founding fathers was that if the all the power was in the hands of the people, the uneducated and the poor will have too much of it and therefore pick an unsuitable leader. As a result, a great deal of power is give...

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