Larry West

The role of popular sovereignty in today’s society is not as it should be. Most people feel like the power flows from the government down. On a local level we have the power to elect our officials. Our vote directly affects the outcome. While this gives us power over our local politicians, this is not so much so on the federal level. The president is elected by an electoral college that is supposed to represent the populous but does not have to. Many states are enacting legislation to give their voters more power in this process by forcing their representatives to vote with the population. Further, the president then appoints a great many positions within the federal government for which the people have no say. This makes us further powerless. As long as an electoral college exists we will not truly have popular sovereignty as it is meant to be.

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