Voting in the US is considered a basic and democratic human right for every citizen. Everyone has a right to take part in a voting process taking place in his/ her state either at the national level or at the regional levels as it enshrined in the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights, despite this right being internationally recognized, however in the US, no explicit right to vote in the US. Consistently the most vulnerable groups in the US who do not have the compulsory right to vote include: non-American citizens, mentally challenged individuals, minors and young people, those who have committed a crime and others have who failed to get opportunities to avail themselves in their polling stations due to various reason. Some states have failed to recognize those living outside the US as eligible voters. Gillette, W. (2019).
Basing my arguments on the wordings of the 19th amendment, that prohibits the federal government and the states from denying the US citizens their right to vote based on their sex. The constitutional amendment states “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex” this amendment allowed women to participate in the voting processes within the United States consequently overruling the 1875 supreme court decision which had stated that states have no obligatory requirement to allow women to vote Rose, H. (2018, while the 13th amendment states that there shall be slavery or involuntary service except in situations where a person has been legally convicted for a crime.
Concerning an individual’s right to vote in the US, no one should obstruct anyone from participating in an electoral process regardless of someone’s sex, however, there are some groups as outlined above whose voting rights in the US have been capped; i.e. mentally challenged individuals, non-US citizens among others. In the US approximately 5 million Americans convicted of felonies have been completely barred from voting.
Consequently as ruled by the court in 2000, despite the government acknowledging the fundamental human right to vote, the qualifications to be able to vote for the house of senate and representatives, however, lies with state decisions. The other part of the constitution that talks about voting are the constitutional amendment number 15 which talks about black suffrage, stating that the right of the United States citizens shall not be denied by the United States or by any particular state based on race, color e.t.c. Lenard, P. T. (2015).
In the United States, Electoral College refers to an organized group of individuals who are charged with the mandate to vote for the president and the vice president. Members of the Electoral College are appointed by their respective parties in each state according to the population. The total number of people in the college is 538 and an absolute majority of 270 electoral votes are required for one to be declared the winner. The number of Electoral College members each state is assigned is directly equivalent to the total population of that state. This kind of voting system was formed to ensure a feasible election method that is desirable and conforms to the republican form of government. The system was adopted to ensure the election of the most qualified president and the vice president. The winner of a state’s popular vote wins each of its Electoral College votes with the only exception of Maine and Nebraska. Colomer, J. (Ed.). (2016)
Concerning whether the system should be used further, I think the system of the Electoral College should be abolished and replaced by the direct popular vote to ensure candidates who are elected are decided directly by the national popular vote. Edwards III, G. C. (2019) has noted that in 18 elections between 1824 and 2000, presidents have been elected without the majority vote; this is against the popular wish of the people. Four notable presidents have been elected with fewer popular votes than their opponents, e.g. George Bush, Benjamin Harrison, Rutherford Hayes and most notable Donald Trump who was beaten by over 3 million popular votes. My answer is therefore No.
Colomer, J. (Ed.). (2016). The handbook of electoral system choice. Springer.
Edwards III, G. C. (2019). Why the Electoral College is bad for America. Yale University Press.
Gillette, W. (2019). The Right to Vote: Politics and the Passage of the Fifteenth Amendment. JHU Press.
Lenard, P. T. (2015). Residence and the Right to Vote. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 16(1), 119-132.
Rose, H. (2018). How the United States Supreme Court Diminished Constitutional Protections of the Right to Vote and What Congress Can Do About It. Available at SSRN 3128568
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