We are losing sight of civility in government and politics. Debate and dialogue is taking a back seat to the politics of destruction and anger and control. Dogma has replaced thoughtful discussion between people of differing views.
- James McGreevey
 

Antiquated Elections: Validity vs Virtue

So in the most recent U.S presidential election, the winning candidate lost the popular vote by close to three million votes. Because of the electoral college system, this result is valid and I have no intention of challenging the validity. I do however want to challenge the virtue of it because having a difference that large in the popular vote is not congruent with being a pillar of democracy in the world. I understand that the electoral college was created because direct democracies historically don't work. They historically don't work because the electorate is never able to be properly informed about candidates over empires and nations. An electoral college system allows a group of informed individuals to vote on the behalf of the less informed. The system is antiquated because in this day and age everyone is informed about everything and information is readily available in mass. Anyone who wants to be informed on an election has a multitude of ways to become educated and involved. What we need now is to rethink how we get people to engage with the democratic process, and more importantly do we facilitate that engagement. The primary point of change being voter turnout. The country has terrible voter with only around 50% of eligible voters voting every four years. This seems like it should be a hot button issue. We should be actively working to innovate new ways to make it easier to register to vote and get to the polls as the world's hallmark of democracy. We aren't because the fewer people vote the more power the electoral college has over the elections.  I don't presume to have the answers to facilitating a nationwide election but I have some ideas, which is more than the national government can say. I believe it makes sense that election day should be a national holiday. Schools should close, Everyone should be off work no one should have an excuse that they don't have time on election day. The government should provide vans and buses shuttling people to voting locations. No one should not vote because they didn't have transportation. More radically there should be a minimum percentage of eligible voters that have to vote for an election to be valid. Voting is a responsibility as a citizen the government needs make voting the easiest part of being a citizen.

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