Presidential Election : The Electoral College Essay

790 Words Jul 1st, 2016 4 Pages
In the upcoming 2016 Presidential Election, it’s important for people to understand their role in the voting system and how the voting system actually works. One important aspect to the election is the Electoral College, which is the true body that hand picks the President and Vice President. However, many people are in the dark to as what the Electoral College actually does. Is it a system that directly reflects the votes of the citizens or is it a calculating system that sides with the majority? As of June 28, 2016, the History Channel listed on its website, “When Americans vote for a President and Vice President, they are actually voting for presidential electors, known collectively as the Electoral College.” To break it down, voters vote who they want as the President and their votes essentially tell the electors of each state, which is equal to the combined total of the state’s Senate and House of Representatives delegations, who to vote for (History DATE). According to Brigid Harrison’s “American Democracy Now” textbook, the Electoral College’s role in government is to serve as a representative body, whose wisdom would provide a better choice than a larger body. Additionally, in Article 2, it states that “each state chose a number of electors equal to the number of congress people that each state had. Each state, then, got at least three electors (two Senators and at least one Representative),” (US Constitution). Once the electors are chosen, political parties in…

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