Electing the president

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Electing the president

  1. 1.  1. Congress votes 2. Direct popular vote Compromise: electoral college system Why did the founders of the U.S. choose to set up an electoral college system?
  2. 2.  Founders of U.S. feared that citizens would not know enough about candidates to make a wise decision Plus, the most popular candidate might not be the best…
  3. 3.  Popular vote- deceiving The candidate that wins the popular vote does not always win the electoral college vote. EX: 2000 election › Al Gore won the popular vote, but George Bush won the electoral college vote.
  4. 4.  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%)
  5. 5.  “Winner Take All” system (every state except Maine and Nebraska) › If a candidate wins the popular vote in a certain state, then that person gets all of the electoral votes. › The votes of people who voted for the losing candidate in that state don’t matter in the electoral college › 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.
  6. 6.  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.
  7. 7.  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.

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