Communication was slow and education was poor during the Has a candidate ever late 18th Century . LOST the Popular vote but won the Electoral College? Yes- Bush, Hayes, Harrison POPULAR VOTEHOW DO WE ELECT THEPRESIDENT? In November of a Presidential HOW DOES THE ELECTORALThe ELECTORAL COLLEGE is a group of ________________year each state holds an election in which all eligible citizens Pellentesque COLLEGE ELECT THE may ________. PRESIDENT?people who act as a unit to ___________ Citizens vote for a “ticket” which includesthe President (POTUS) & Vice President “WINNER TAKES ALL” ___________________for president and(VPOTUS). vice president. Most states award the winner of the POPULAR VOTE ALL of that state’sThe Framers of the Constitution devised ELECTORAL VOTE _______________________ votes Maine and Nebraska divide electoralthis INDIRECT system to prevent the According to the Constitution, the votes by district.general public from electing someonewho would be unsuitable as presidency is awarded to the candidate with the most electoral ___________, not_____________________. They hoped HOW DOES A the most popular votes.the ELECTORAL _______________ would CANDIDATE WIN?result in educated, informed people HOW DOES IT WORK?choosing our nation’s top leaders. Need majority to win = 270 electoral # of ELECTORS = # of SENATORS + votes out of 538But today, each political_______________ chooses its members members of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES *A candidate could win 11 states andto serve as ELECTORS. lose 39. For example: NJ has 12 Representatives and 2 Senators = 14 Electoral VotesELECTORS are citizens chosen to be a How is that possible?member of the Electoral College. Use the Electoral College map to locate _____________________ DC gets 3 & highlight 11 states that add up to 270 electors even though it has no or more electoral votes. representation in Congress.