Flashcards in USA5 Deck (14)
what is the electoral process?(7)
-national party conventions (front loading)
how does the electoral college work? (4)
-each state allocated ECV's, dependant on pop plus senators/representatives
-most votes get all ECV's
-need 270 ECV's to win
-enough support money
-range of candidates
-well scrutinised candidates
-all about raising money
-long cause apathy
-genuine party involvement
-can be 'sabotaged'
-calendar effects, front-loading
national party conventions...
-formally announce party candidates
-engage party faithful
-TV national involvement
-candidates already known
-small pop states important
-winner gain majority
-promotes two-party system
-works as founding fathers intended
-complex leads to apathy
-winner may not have majority
-winner takes all, not represented enough
-swing states overly powerful
-disadvantage 3rd parties
what are the 6 advantages to incumbency?
what are the 3 main fundraising groups?
- 527 groups (unlimited, not specific cand)
-political action committees(PAC), hard limited money specific candidate
-super pacs, unlimited support/oppose but not part of that persons campaign
what is the 4 reasons finance reform is so hard?
-supreme court(citizens united v FEC)
-loopholes constantly found
-federal election committee, gridlock
7 reasons for electoral reform?
-swing states to much importance
-electoral college outdated
-winner takes all distorts will of voters
-'winner' doesn't always have majority
-third parties are ignored
-small states over-represented
what are the three types of electoral reform?
-abolish electoral college
-apportion electors by district
reform for the states? 3 NO 1 YES
for the people? 2 NO 1 YES
-EC retains state power
-protects voice of small states
-ensures all areas of states have a role
-larger states unrepresented
-in line with constitution avoid tyranny
-two party system encourages
-popular vote not respected
reform for the president 1 NO 1 YES
for the constitution?
-decisive and accepted result
-encourages more attention on swing states
-electoral college does work
-constitution looks outdated