Voting System Revised

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One radical idea is, to reassemble Americas voting system to a National Majority Rules system.

Submitted: April 28, 2011

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Benji Crow 
English 1A
Instructor Erin Sullivan
Oct 5, 2004 Rough Revise #4 (1031 words)
 
Voting System
 
Fixing America’s voting system has been a subject of debate throughout our history, even more so during election years. Recently, some citizens have been questioning whether we should continue the way we are headed with our 200 year old voting system. I contend that this system is out of date and undemocratic. We’ve seen this scenario before, many voters feel that their votes don’t count because of the Electoral College system, this basically is a state popular vote so if the majority in the state likes one candidate, everyone in that state ends up voting for the same candidate (www.wordiq.com). Needless to say, this issue is steeped in emotional controversy. We might ask: what is one to do? This is a continuing problem, because the US has a voting system that doesn’t count everyone’s vote. One radical idea is, to reassemble Americas voting system to a National Majority Rules system.
First thing to be done is make a voting system that is easy for all citizens to use. Of course, not everyone is allowed to vote for example, kids, people from other countries, or non-registered citizens. Registration was invented to keep all the non-registered taxpayers from voting, and that doesn’t sound very democratic. There are about fifty percent of Americans who pay taxes but aren’t voting, imagine a democratic voting system where everyone’s word counts. The way to do this is to have everyone vote, when they do their taxes. See; by having Americans vote when doing their taxes we eliminate the entire registration process, by giving all taxpayers a vote, and to ease the process of voting. Why? If they’re doing taxes, they would be considered a registered voter at that time, and that gives them the right to vote making it easer for all taxpayers to have their say in whom the president will be. Thus giving all citizens a word in edgewise (National Majority Rules). 
 Making it easier for everyone to vote, and making everyone’s vote count is necessary to a healthy voting system. From our experience with presidents they don’t always do the best job for a full four years, so the yearly vote with taxes would create a loophole to hold a new election for a worthy president, and it would keep them on their toes while in office. My hope for the new system is that a worthy President would be elected, elected by all taxpayers. If everyone agrees then the president could be in term for a full four to eight years. Taxpayers might say that the burden of the election cost is too great. In that case election money would have to be provided by donation and other mean of raising money. And what that would do is put the finance burden of an election on the candidate that is running for President. This would also give a good indication on the future Presidents backing, and business skills among other things, we could think of it as a Presidential test. No free rides on taxpayer money.
If I were in charge there would also be a ‘none of the above’ on the vote ballot. The term will still be four years, with a maximum of eight years, but if we hold an election and if the majority picks ‘none of the above’ on the ballets, then the President would stay in office until a worthy candidate comes along. This gives the people more power over our leaders and make it so the majority rules (National Majority Rule) so all taxpayers have a say in whom, their President will be.
Now having that said, the right leader could make all the necessary changes. With a system like the one I’ve described, I would exercise my rights along with everyone else at tax time. This would be better then the current system where people like myself don’t vote, because I’m not registered, my vote doesn’t count, and the voting is just too complicated and time-consuming. But with the new system it takes away all my excuses for voting. That would place more responsibility on all taxpayers, and if you are anything like me, I take pride in my responsibilities. In fact I would take pride in whom the President would be, and I would be more inclined to support any decision our leader would make. This adds to the cohesion of the American people.
The possibilities of having another situation like the 2000 election where the winner of the popular vote loses the electoral vote wouldn’t happen with the National Majority Rules system in place; Al Gore would have won the 2000 election (www.wordiq.com).
The Electoral College is based on a flawed assumption of monolithic voting patterns based on local interests that does not bear any relationship to the actual voting. Opponents also argue that the Electoral College tends to favor a two-party system. Even when a third-party candidate receives a significant number of popular votes, he may not receive a majority in any state and may not garner even a single electoral vote, as was the case of Ross Perot in the 1992 elections (www.wordiq.com). For more information on electoral vote search the web at (www.electoral-vote.come).
Do we really want to continue on the path America is headed down, or do we want to create a better path, one that all countries would want to model themselves after? Only by inviting new ideas and changing, can we better fix America voting system. The National Majority Rule voting system is more democratic than the system of the present. Don’t get me wrong I love my country. I just want everyone’s word to count. A real democratic voting system is needed. I want to feel comfortable with who the leader is. A few great ideas can go along way with the right leader, and if I can feel comfortable in the voting process the right leader is not far away. There is nothing better than to participate in the place I call home.
 
Work Cited
Wordiq.com.5 Oct 2004.
<http://www.wordiq.com/definition/U.S._Electoral_College#A_controversial_system. >
 
 


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