1. Congress votes 2. Direct popular vote Compromise: electoral college system › # of electors from each state equal to # of members in congress Why did the founders of the U.S. choose to set up an electoral college system?
Founders of U.S. feared that citizens would not know enough about candidates to make a wise decision › Lack of information Plus, the most popular candidate might not be the best…
Popular vote- deceiving The candidate that wins the popular vote does not always win the electoral college vote. EX: 2000 election
George W. Bush, Republican › Popular vote: 50,460,110 (47.87%) › Electoral college vote: 271 (50.4%) Albert Gore Jr. , Democrat › Popular vote: 51,003,926 (48.38%) › Electoral college vote: 266 (49.4%)
“Winner Take All” system (every state except Maine and Nebraska) › Example: in 1992, over 2 million people in Texas voted for Clinton, but since Bush got more votes in Texas, Bush got all of Texas’s electoral votes and Clinton did not get any.
Eliminating the electoral college would weaken the federal system by taking power away from the states Candidates would only focus on the most populous cities like New York and L.A., while ignoring the rest of the country.
Approx. how much time passes between election day and inauguration day? What presidents, other than Bush, were elected despite losing the popular vote? Is this method of electing the president still valid in today’s society?
Do you think the United States should continue to use the Electoral College system to select the president? Why or why not? Use examples from the lecture and discussion to support your claim.