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Electoral College

by: Maddie McGuire

Electoral College POLS 1000

Maddie McGuire
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POLS 1000
Jim King

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All you need to know on the Electoral College!
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Jim King
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Date Created: 10/31/15
Electoral College Why was it developed Some framers of the Constitution didn t trust the average citizen to make an informed choice for President Communication and transportation technology of 17787 made a national campaign impractical How does the Electoral College work 1 2 Each state is assigned quotelectors equal to its representation in Congress Representatives Senators Electors Each state chooses its electors as it sees fit A11 electors now are chosen by the voters quotWinner Takes Allquot in most states Electors meet in their state capitals in December and cast two votes one for president and one for vice president Votes are counted before a joint session of congress in January A majority of the votes cast is required to be elected President Currently 270 If no candidate receives a majority House of Representatives chooses the President Each state gets one vote Senate chooses the Vice President Arguments FOR the Electoral College PP Ni Makes the campaign manageable Helps preserve the twoparty system by focusing on the major parties Helps preserve federalism by making states the emphasis of the campaign Proven to work in most instances Arguments AGAINST the Electoral College 1 2 3 Electors might not vote as the state39s population Two constant votes give more weight to small states The candidate with the most popular votes might not be elected President Electoral College Reforms 1 2 3 Direct election of the president Proportional Plan District Plan Prospects for Reform NONE


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