The Importance Of The Electoral College

2396 Words 10 Pages
Every four-year, the U.S population will go to a school, office, or other locations to show their right to vote. The new generation of voters is happy and excited to be capable of voting for their first time in their life. The other voters are just looking forward to casting their votes so their voices could be heard. Also, non-voters are looking at the T.V. waiting for the result to see how will their future effect. Candidates are giving speeches and meeting with people to get their support. After this, many people turn on to their favorite news channel and wait to see who is going to be the next president of the United State of America. After countless of hours, the news networks announce the candidate that has to reach the electoral college …show more content…
The Electoral College is a system of voting and it composed of 538 electors who cast votes to decide the President and Vice-President of the United States. When voters go to the polls; they will be choosing which candidate will be receiving their state’s electors. The candidate that receives the majority of electoral votes (270) wins the Presidency. The number 538 is the total sum of the nation’s 435 Representatives, 100 Senators, and three electors given to the District of Columbia. How does it work? Every four years, U.S. population go to the polls and select a candidate for President. In 48 states, the candidate who wins the majority of votes in the state wins that state’s electoral votes. In Nebraska and Maine, electoral votes are distributed by proportional representation, that the top candidate in those states wins two electoral votes while the remaining electoral votes are by congressional district. These rules make it possible for both candidates to receive votes from Nebraska and Maine, unlike the winner-take-all system. What happens if no one gets a majority of votes? If no one gets a majority of votes, the election is transferred to the U.S. House of Representatives. The top two contenders face off with each state casting one vote. Whoever wins a majority of states wins the election. What is the 12th amendment? This provides the tie breaker to the election if the majority is not reached then the House of Representatives (one vote per state) chooses the president and the Senate the vice

Related Documents