how the electoral collage works

how the electoral collage works

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United States

#1 Sep 29, 2012
Presidents are elected not by national popular vote but by an 18th century constitutional compromise called the Electoral College.


When framers were drafting the U.S. Constitution, there were two competing ideas on how to elect the president. One group said Congress should do it; the other said it should be a national vote of eligible citizens. There also were disputes over how much slaves should count in representation in Congress and over how power would be distributed between small and large states. The compromise became part of the second article of the Constitution, although the words "Electoral College" are not included. The electors pick the president and vice president.


Each state gets one electoral vote for each of its representatives in the House and Senate. The District of Columbia gets three votes. All told, there are 538 votes in the Electoral College. A candidate must have at least 270 to win. Except for Maine and Nebraska, states award all their electoral votes to the candidate who wins the state. In Maine and Nebraska, votes are apportioned by congressional districts. So in 2008, even though John McCain won Nebraska's statewide popular vote, Barack Obama won the 2nd Congressional District and earned one of the state's five electoral votes.


Each state's electors will meet on Dec. 17 in their home states and cast their votes for president and vice president. Congress will meet on Jan. 6, 2013, to conduct an official tally of the electoral votes. Vice President Joe Biden will preside and declare the winner.


If no candidate gets at least 270 electoral votes, the election goes to the newly elected House of Representatives. Each state delegation in the House gets one vote, and a candidate must win a majority of the states to be elected president. This happened in 1824, when Andrew Jackson won the most popular votes and the most electoral votes, but four candidates split the electoral votes and no one received a majority. The race went to the House and John Quincy Adams, who came in second, was chosen as president. Three other times, candidates won the Electoral College even though they lost the popular vote in 1876, 1888 and 2000.
Chanze it

Cookeville, TN

#2 Sep 29, 2012
It should be changed so if mr oslama wins any state he gets to stay prez i just got my free phone and one for my bf and one for his girl and i can be on here with my liptop computer that he gave me free and he pays my rent and i get my groseries free more than i need so i sell some so i have money for my marlboros they are high he is the best prez ever i don't have to work anymore so keep him and we all party everday

United States

#3 Sep 29, 2012
I wish more people would experience the joy of working and feeling good about what they could accomplish . So sad to see people waist there life on beer and cigarettes.

Im gonna start a ciggarette company called "slow suicide" and a beer company called "broke attic".
AMERICANS !!!! Wake up government hand outs are to get you hooked on what there handing out. So you depend on the government. What about when the government tells you to do something you don't want to do? But then they threaten your food. What are you going to do? The government has a rope around your neck and are about to hang you! Wake Up!

Crossville, TN

#4 Sep 29, 2012
TL;DR Summary: Your vote doesn't matter.

Cookeville, TN

#5 Oct 2, 2012
As long as we get rid of the obamanation, life will go on.

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