Elections

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  • Elections
    • Direct Democracy
      • Bad?
        • Limit effective govt. and electorate shouldn't be trusted
      • Good?
        • Pluralism, pure form of democracy
      • Referendums, recalls and initiatives
    • Congressional Elections
      • Incumbency
      • Mid-term elections
    • Presidential Elections
      • Campaign Finance
        • Regulation attempts
      • Requirements of a candidate from Article 2 clause 5
      • Primaries and Caucuses
        • Democratic?
          • Low turnout (20-30%)
        • Types
          • Open
          • Closed
          • Modified
          • Proportional
          • Winner-takes-all
        • Good way of choosing a candidate?
          • Yes
            • Increased choice
            • Allows for outsider candidates
            • Good determinant of a candidates stamina and weeds out the weak
            • Best option
          • No
            • Not all states equal e.g. Iowa and New Hampshire
            • Wasted votes from frontloading
            • Divisive and too personal, puerile
    • Primaries and Caucuses
      • Democratic?
        • Low turnout (20-30%)
      • Types
        • Open
        • Closed
        • Modified
        • Proportional
        • Winner-takes-all
      • Good way of choosing a candidate?
        • Yes
          • Increased choice
          • Allows for outsider candidates
          • Good determinant of a candidates stamina and weeds out the weak
          • Best option
        • No
          • Not all states equal e.g. Iowa and New Hampshire
          • Wasted votes from frontloading
          • Divisive and too personal, puerile
    • Democratic and Accountable government
      • Frequent direct elections
      • Universal adult suffrage
      • Regular turnover of politicians
      • Fair relationship of votes to seats
    • Electoral College
      • Good?
        • Preserves voice of small states
        • Usually gives absolute majority
      • Bad?
        • Lack of viability
        • Faithless electors
  • Good?
    • Pluralism, pure form of democracy

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