Electoral College Vote

In the United States, the government is based off of the Constitution, which was drafted in the formation of the United States. The Constitution has many different facets that are basically requirements that eh United States government has to follow in order to give all the citizens their rights. Within the constitution, there is a system called the Electoral College, which assists in electing a President and Vice President (Patterson, 2013). The Electoral College can be disadvantageous, however, it is functional, is comparable to popular votes in regards to elections and can be assessed in respects to a citizens votes under the system.

The Founders of the Constitution, also known as the Founding Fathers created the Electoral College
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The Electoral College is not a person or a place, but an assemblage of electors that are chosen by the American people. Despite popular belief, the people of the United States do not directly vote for the President; the people vote for an elector. An elector is a designated person chosen through votes and then they vote for the president. Generally, the electors that are elected share the same political party or vote for the same nominee as the voter (Patterson, 2013). Each state gets at least one elector, however, if states population is considerably bigger than other states, they are given more than on elector. In total there are 538 electors and in order for a nomination to be announced president, 270 electoral votes is necessary for a candidate (Patterson, 2013). Every four years, there is presidential election in the month of November and the select group of Electors comes together to deliberate which Presidential candidate best suits the needs of the United States and the American …show more content…
The straight vote method is when the popular vote by the people is directly impacting the nomination for President rather than going through the Electoral College. As stated, the votes from the American people also known as the popular vote, does not directly affect the presidential running and so, when it came to the 2000 election, the winning candidate was a surprise. According to Patterson (2013), Bush lost in the popular vote in the 2000 election, however, he was elected president. This situation occurred due to the Electoral College. Background information on the Electoral College is that state is given a set amount of electors and they are based upon the votes. If one side of the political party, for example the democrats has the higher vote, than the electors for that state are democrats. The same goes for republicans and so the winning political party, either democratic or republican, represents the whole state despite the variation in votes. Once each state has their electors, a debate goes on to elect the president. In the case of the election sixteen years ago, George W. Bush went up against Al Gore and Bush lost the popular vote, however, due to the Electoral College, he was able to become President because the 270 electoral votes were voted toward Bush instead of Gore. If straight voting was permitted, Al Gore could quite possibly have become

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