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  1. 1. The Electoral College How the President gets elected
  2. 2. If you could would you vote for this person to be the President? This is exactly why we have the Electoral College system in place The Framers of the Constitution feared the masses ability to elect a person who might bring down the nation
  3. 3. The U.S. Constitution Article II of the Constitution spells out how the President will be elected The idea of an Electoral College system was to create a safety net so that someone who isn’t really qualified cannot become President of the U.S.
  4. 4. Political an organization of Parties A Political party is people who hold similar views They come together to work to put their ideas into law 1 of the most important elections is the Presidency
  5. 5. Political Parties Each political party will hold a primary (or first election) to determine which candidate will represent their party in the General Election In the general election eligible Americans vote for the next President of the United States
  6. 6. Electoral College How does it work? After the General Election takes place the electors from each state cast their votes for the President and Vice President There are 538 total electoral votes To become President you must earn 270 electoral votes
  7. 7. How did the get the number 538 Electoral Votes? 35 members of the House of Representatives among the States, based on the current population. 100 members in the senate Each State gets at least 3 electoral votes 1 electoral vote for each of its Representatives in the House, and 1 electoral vote for each of its two Senators. The District of Columbia has 3 electoral votes because the 23rd Amendment granted it the same number of votes as the least populated State.
  8. 8. How do you determine the number of electoral votes for each state? The number of electoral votes allotted to each State is equivalent to the number of Representatives and Senators that each State sends to Congress. New york has 31 members in congress 2 in the Senate 29 in the House of Representatives New York has 31 ELECTORAL VOTES
  9. 9. Winner Take All In 48 of the 50 states the candidate with the most popular votes gets all of the electoral votes of that state
  10. 10. U.S. Census A census or count of the U.S. population is taken every 10 years . This is used to determine how many votes each state has in Electoral College. The distribution of electoral votes among the States can vary every 10 years depending on the results of the United States Census. Example: 1990 census put New York at 33 electoral
  11. 11. Electoral College Remember that every vote counts!
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