Election & Electoral College

Election & Electoral College - Federico Nusymowicz 4.09...

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Federico Nusymowicz 4.09 – Election and Electoral College Essays Essay Question 1: Discuss third parties and the challenges they face in winning elections. In your discussion, cite three major points, which should be reasons third parties have difficulty in our political system. As supporting evidence, cite at least one third party candidate who received a significant number of popular votes but no electoral votes, and one third party candidate who received significant popular and electoral votes. Thesis Statement: Third parties, while integral to American governmental history, have seldom succeeded in acquiring true prominence at the national stage. Their appeal, while potent in several instances, nevertheless fails to compare to the ubiquitously larger popularity of the two major parties (with maybe one or two exceptions, which themselves proceeded to become major parties subsequently). The reasons why this is so in American politics are many: the thin number of committed third-party supporters has historically paled in proportion to that of major parties, making it extremely difficult for third parties to gain any Electoral votes in the American Electoral College system. This is, in part, because many third parties have either dedicated themselves to a single issue, a single set of ideological claims, or a narrowly defined economic protest. And since it is so close to impossible for a third party to win, people defect from “wasting” their votes on third parties, creating a vicious cycle which causes third parties not to be taken seriously. Major Point #1: The Electoral College makes it near impossible for third parties to succeed. -The Electoral College is winner-take-all; even if a candidate wins by one vote, he or she gets all the Electoral votes for that state. The exceptions to the rule are Maine and Nebraska, which award electors by Congressional District vote. And, while technically electors may not be legally bound to vote for the candidate selected their state, in practice they almost always do, with less than a handful of exceptions in all US history.
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