We typically consider elections as accountability devices, the time when people can rebuke those in power and replace them with someone else. The people ultimately decide. Less understood, elections are important instruments of government power and authority. In fact the chief reason elections exist at all is because they benefit governments. This interpretation allows us to think more clearly about the role of democratic institutions and citizen participation.
Typically we think about the right to vote as something won – something gained through protest and persistent pressure on government. Turns out, that is only a small part of the story. This post details the rest of the story.
Our political system deliberately prevents electoral majorities from dominating government. Is this democracy?
Will Democrats eliminate the filibuster? No. And neither will Republicans. But, filibuster politics does demonstrate the old maxim, “where you sit is where you stand”
The message is clear: Get vaccinated! The data are clear as well. Most people are on board.
Support for the Electoral College and the popular vote hinge on election outcomes not democratic values.
Eliminate the College or not? Better the devil we know than the one we don’t.
Guest blogger, Paul Schumaker outlines an inventive and compelling alternative to the Electoral College.
In part 2, the analyses moves to House, Senate and state electoral contests. What are the margins? Which party has the advantage? Does a mandate claim make sense?
Soon after victory, Joe Biden claimed a mandate for his policies. Winners seem to always do this – claim a mandate. But, is it justified?