Elections - Fahad Saleh 1 Elections Reformers of executive...

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Fahad Saleh 1 Elections Reformers of executive elections face a clear challenge in the Electoral College. The principle obstacle for these reformers lays not so much in what steps to take but rather how to push the proposed legislation through Congress. In contrast, legislative reformers face somewhat of a phantom. Incumbents win most legislative elections, but this phenomenon points more so to voting behavior than to structural problems within legislative elections. Further, while congressional districting may be a powerful issue, delving into this issue yields only the recognition that any lines drawn would be drawn based on some arbitrary basis and no arbitrary basis would likely achieve universal acceptance. Executive reformers face primarily the obstacle of convincing the advantaged to cede their disproportionate power while legislative reformers primarily face the challenge of identifying a clear path of reform. Believing that “talents for low intrigue and the little arts of popularity may… suffice to elevate a man to… honors in a single state,” the founders implemented the Electoral College – an indirect method of electing the president (Hamilton 2006, 333). However, such a method diminishes the power of each individual voter, and awareness of this fact caused reformers to push the system closer to democracy. The reformed Electoral College though cannot be described as a purely democratic institution. The American executive election system can only be described as an awkward middle-ground between the original Electoral College and a truly democratic process. Yet, with a clearly counter-intuitive system, reformers still face a great challenge in convincing the advantaged states to cede their power to the voters.
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Fahad Saleh 2 Some might argue, though, that while most agree that the system needs further reform, a consensus does not exist as to what reform should actually be implemented. Indeed, no universally accepted reform scenario exists, but all the prominent reform
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