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Politics in the U.S.

The craziness of the U.S. 2016 election season:

2016-NOV: More books about voter
suppression.
2016-DEC: Senator Boxer filed bill
to abolish the Electoral College.
Early vote count for the presidency.

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election 2016A second book about voter suppression:

book cover Tova Wang, "The Politics of Voter Suppression: Defending and Expanding Americans' Right to Vote," Cornell University Press, (2012). Available in Kindle and Hardcover. Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store Amazon.com customers have given the book an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars.

Some editorial reviews of this book published on Amazon.com:

  • "This well-researched and well-argued book succeeds in illustrating how, for short-term partisan gain, some political leaders have undermined America's bid for 'universal suffrage' and what can be done to significantly broaden the electorate."―Publishers Weekly (11 June 2012).

  • "Tova Andrea Wang nails it! The great promise of America loses all meaning when roadblocks are placed between citizens and the voting booth. This important book drives that point home with clarity and enormous insight. It will both enlighten and disturb you."―Bob Herbert, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Demos, and former Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times.

  • "It is one of our country's great achievements that since our founding, we have become steadily more democratic, extending the right to vote to those without property, to African Americans, to women, and to others previously excluded from the joys and responsibilities of self-rule. But there is a constant and often insidious pushback against broad political participation, and Tova Andrea Wang tells the story of voter suppression efforts with passion, care and great shrewdness. The Politics of Voter Suppression is an essential book at a time when efforts to keep citizens from the polls have intensified. And it offers a highly practical recipe for making our nation more democratic and our elections a truer reflection of the will of all the people."―E. J. Dionne Jr., author of Our Divided Political Heart and syndicated columnist

  • "Tova Wang has written a well researched and balanced account of past and modern-day voter suppression, the scope and extent of which will no doubt come as a surprise, and shock, to many readers."―Laughlin McDonald, Director, ACLU Voting Rights Project.

  • "If you care about the current state of American democracy, you should read The Politics of Voter Suppression. Tova Wang's bold and passionate book explains how and why 'voter suppression’ came to be such a visible, and partisan, issue. It also offers a compelling vision of ‘inclusion’ as a principle that ought to govern our electoral practices."―Alexander Keyssar, Stirling Professor of History and Social Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, author of The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the U.S.

  • "In The Politics of Voter Suppression, Tova Andrea Wang skillfully weaves together historical and contemporary examples of voter suppression. The picture that emerges should worry anyone who believes that all citizens should have an equal voice in our democracy. Wang amasses a formidable body of evidence against those who would impair the fundamental right to vote. She also makes a compelling case for reforms like Election Day Registration that would promote a more inclusive democracy."―Daniel Tokaji, Robert M. Duncan/Jones Day Designated Professor of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

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2016-NOV-15: Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) files a bill to abolish the Electoral College:

She issued a statement saying:

"In my lifetime, I have seen two elections where the winner of the general election did not win the popular vote. When all the ballots are counted, Hillary Clinton will have won the popular vote by a margin that could exceed 2 million votes, and she is on track to have received more votes than any other presidential candidate in history except Barack Obama. … The Electoral College is an outdated, undemocratic system that does not reflect our modern society, and it needs to change immediately. Every American should be guaranteed that their vote counts." 1,2

Her bill is intended to repeal the 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which sets up the Electoral College and replace it with the same system used in all other U.S. elections where the person who receives the most votes wins.

She noted that, back on 2012-NOV-06, Donald Trump issued a tweet:

"The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy."

On NOV-13, President-elect Trump indicated that he was still opposed to the existence of the Electoral College. He said during an interview on "60 Minutes:"

"I'm not going to change my mind just because I won."

On NOV-15, Senator Boxer said of the abolishing of the Electoral College:

"I couldn't agree more. One person, one vote!"

However, as he often does, Trump later reversed his stand. On NOV-14, he said:

"The Electoral College is actually genius in that it brings all states, including the smaller ones, into play. Campaigning is much different!" 1,2

Webmaster's comment:

There is almost zero possibility that this bill will become law. It would first have to be approved by 2/3 super majorities in both the House and Senate, and signed into law by the president. Since the House, Senate, and Presidency will all be under Republican control when this bill is voted upon, and since politicians are very unlikely to pass legislation that works against the interest of their own party, this bill will never become law. Even if it did, it has essentially no chance of being approved by a 75% super majority of states as an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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2016-NOV-17: Early vote count in the presidential election:

The vote count nine days after the presidential election was:

  • Hillary Clinton's vote count is 61,993,136 votes. She received 47.9% of the total votes.
  • Donald Trump vote count is 60,948,836 votes. He received 47.1% of the total votes. 3

Clinton received 1,044,300 votes more than Trump. However, because of bias in the Electoral College system, Trump became president.

Her lead is expected to increase until DEC-09 because of mail-in ballots. Some states do not end the counting of these ballots and issue a final official count until mid-December This allows ballots delayed in the mail to be counted. The final, certified count.

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Corky Siemaszko, "Senator Barbara Boxer Calls for Abolishing Electoral College in Wake of Trump Win," NBC News, 2016-NOV-15, at: http://www.nbcnews.com/
  2. Erik Pedersen, "Barbara Boxer Launching Senate Bill To Abolish Electoral College," Deadline, 2016-NOV-15, at: http://deadline.com/
  3. "2016 election results," CNN, as of 2016-NOV-17, AM, at: http://www.cnn.com/
  4. The text of the 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution can be read at: https://constitutioncenter.org/

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Copyright © 2016 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Original posting: 2016-NOV-17.
Latest update : 2017-JAN-17.
Author: B.A. Robinson

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