Blackboard Assignment 2: political parties and voting in the US, political science homework help

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Political parties and elections

We have been looking at the role of political parties in linking the government to citizens. They are designed to help individuals with similar political values have a voice and work toward policies that reflect those core beliefs. Generally we think of these values as existing on a left-right or liberal-conservative scale. We have two dominant parties (parties that have a legitimate chance of winning elections), one that by and large represents left political ideologies and one that represents right political ideologies.

Does our two party system work? Would the interests in individuals benefit from a viable third party?


Our SMDP elections also influence the two-party system and in many cases force us to vote strategically rather than our based on our true beliefs. This process is further complicated by our primary system and the Electoral College.

Does our voting system need to change? Are the voice of the people being heard? How can we weigh the idea of holding individual politician directly accountable (as our system does) versus having a system that improves representation for all political values represented in society?

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Running head: VOTING SYSTEM


Voting system in America



In a country electing a good and competent leader as the president is a very vital process
in ensuring that the country moves towards the right direction through the decisions and choices
made by the government (Mainwaring and Torcal, 2006). Besides, electing good leaders, there
has to be an efficient and effective election system that allows the citizen to exercise his or her
right to choose a leader fully. There is three main party system used globally by a democratic
government. They include one party, two parties, and multi-party systems of government. As the
names suggest a two-party system only allows for the existence of two parties in a government,
one of the leadership and the other on the opposition such as the United States of America
(Mainwaring and Torcal, 2006).
A multi-party system of governance allows the formation of more than two parties by
those aspiring. Although parties are mainly formed by those who wish to seize control over the
government, some parties are made up of leaders with a difference. In the USA parties take part
in lobbying for funds, creating party structure and recruiting new members timely. During
elections, parties nominate and support a candidates bid to lead in a given position and when
they ...

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