US Elections Process DemocracyIn the United States has not always been as it is today. Today each and every American citizen over the age of eighteen has the natural right to vote. The method in which the candidates are chosen has generally stayed the same throughout the years.
Voting is a process in which is seemingly simple once one gets past the requirements that are needed to be met to be a voter. The main and universal requirement is being over the age of eighteen. Some states do however forbid convicted criminals to vote for a certain amount of time after they have been released from prison. Voters typically also need to register to vote beforehand while some other states allow those to register on the same day of the election. If one is not able to attend the voting portion of the election there are absentee ballots that will be counted when submitted. Characteristically these are the votes of those who may be serving the United States overseas.
The actual method of voting is considered the first-past-the-post method. This method is simply a method in which the highest polling running candidate is elected into office. In the specific case of the Electoral College, one hundred percent of the positions that are allocated in the particular state are considered by the highest polling of the parties. The numbers of seats that have been achieved during this time are characteristically not in proportion to the overall voting turnout.
Democracy is a powerful form of government. Democracy has prided itself on the mantra of for the people and by the people, meaning that the people choose their government and its officials. This is the point in which the average citizen feels as if their voice matters and in all actuality it most definitely does.