The Electoral College Process

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Established by the Founding Fathers in the Articles, particularly Article II, Section I, of the U.S. Constitution. The Electoral College is a process that is used for electing a President and Vice President of the United States. The Founding Fathers made this compromise for wanting the President elected by Congress and those who wanted direct election by the people. The process of the Electoral College includes the selection of electors, the gathering of electors when and where they vote for President and Vice President and the calculation of the electoral votes, which is done by Congress. In comparison, each state has as many electors in the Electoral College as it has Representatives and Senators in the U.S. Congress, District of Columbia …show more content…
A majority of 270 electoral votes is mandatory to elect the President. Your state’s permitted portion of electors is equivalent to the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives, plus two for your Senators. Most states require that all electoral votes go to the candidate who receives the majority in that state. After state election officials verify the popular vote of each state, the winning slate of electors meet in the state capital and cast two ballots, one for Vice President and one for President. One rule is that electors cannot vote for a Presidential and Vice Presidential candidate who both hail from an elector’s home state. Each candidate running for President in your state has his or her own group of electors. The electors are usually chosen by the candidate’s political party, but state laws differ on how the electors are selected and what their tasks are. The presidential election is held every four years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, which most of us should know by now. You help choose your state’s electors when you vote for President because when you vote for your candidate you are voting for your candidate’s …show more content…
Sounds kind of weird and strange, but it’s true. On election day in the year of 1872, in election between Horace Greeley and Ulysses S. Grant. Greeley received 66 votes to a loss against Grant, which electors couldn’t even meet because of Greeley’s death. Once electors met, there were still electors who had cast their ballot for the deceased Greeley, but of course their votes were thrown out because of Greeley being unable to serve.
Since the 12th Amendment, there have been a wide variety of federal and State constitutional changes which have affected both the time and manner of selecting Presidential Electors, but which have not intensively transformed the essential workings of the Electoral College. There have also been a few curious incidents which critics claim to be problems, but in contrast, supporters of the Electoral College view as purely its natural and envisioned

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