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Discussion 5--Electoral College in the 21st Century

Program-Level Objectives met with this assignment:

  • Communication 
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Personal Responsibility 
  • Social Responsibility 

Course-Level Objectives met with this assignment:

  • Explain the origin and development of constitutional democracy in the United States. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the federal system.
  • Describe separation of powers and checks and balances in both theory and practice.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the federal government.
  • Evaluate the role of public opinion, interest groups, and political parties in the political system.
  • Analyze the election process.
  • Describe the rights and responsibilities of citizens
  • Analyze issues and policies in U.S. politics

Activity for Assessment:

For this discussion, you are going to research the founders intent with regards to the Electoral College, as well as why there is a growing movement to eliminate it.  Watch the following video, do any extra research as necessary and then answer the following questions:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gF5O6AB6d8

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/01/12/electoral-college-reform-conservatives-223965

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/faithless-elector-a-court-ruling-just-changed-how-we-pick-our-president/ar-AAG8tdZ

1.) Based on the video, what was the founders intent with the Electoral College?  How does it actually work?  What does the article suggest about this?

2.) In 2019, is this system still the best one for us or should popular vote determine our president?

3.) Are voters informed enough and participate at a high enough level for elections to just be based on popular vote? If no, then why?  Why aren't we knowledgeable enough?

4.) How does the "winner-take-all" system impact our democracy?

5.) In your opinion, does the electoral college preventing democracy or tyranny?  Why or why not? 

6.) Lastly, what is the most recent update with regards to the electoral college? Do you agree with this decision?

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