Certamen Ergo Sum

Presidential Election (8)

06 July 2012 - dalam Sistem Politik Amerika Serikat Oleh nurlaili-azizah-fisip11

“I would anticipate that the Electoral College will be held on the 13th of December, and our 20 electorate votes will go to the certified winner.”

 (Kenneth Blackwell)

Written by: Nurlaili Azizah (071112001)

Ken Blackwell is the Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment at the Family Research Council. He serves on the board of directors of the Club for Growth and the National Taxpayers Union. He is also a member of the public affairs committee of the NRA. Mr. Blackwell is a columnist for the New York Sun, a contributing editor for the conservative news and opinion site, and a frequent public affairs commentator for the Salem Radio Network (, accessed on June 24th, 2012).

I choose those quote because it is so relevant with this 8th weekly topic, Presidential Election, with “Electoral College” as one of its subtopics. The United States Electoral College is the official name of the group of Presidential Electors who are chosen every four years to cast the electoral vote and thereby elect the President and Vice President of the United States (, accessed on June 24th, 2012).  It was established by Article Two, Section One of the United States Constitution, which provides for a quadrennial election of Presidential Electors in each state. The Electoral College is administered at the national level by the National Archives and Records Administration via its Office of the Federal Register. The actual meetings of electors in each state are administered by state officials.

Indeed, US is one of democratical country. But, electoral college itself has showed to us that US is “not really” democratical country, because only those group (electoral college) that decides the one who is eligible to be the president, not the people’s decision purely.

I can say that Indonesia more democratic than US. Why? Unlike in US, the Indonesian’s people elects the president and vice president directly without going through a particular institution. They elect their leaders through general election (Pemilu) every five years. It indicates that our political system more open than in US.


References: (accessed on June 24th, 2012) (accessed on June 24th, 2012) (accessed on June 24th, 2012)


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