The Electoral College

Every four years, on the Tuesday following the first Monday of November, millions of U.S. citizens go to local voting booths to elect, among other officials, the next president and vice president of their country. Their votes will be recorded and counted, and winners will be declared.

But the results of the popular vote are not guaranteed to stand because the Electoral College has not cast its vote.

For some of you, this might be a bit shocking. You could be thinking, “Whoa, seriously?” But for many of you, you’re probably immediately thinking of the 2000 U.S. presidential election — Gore won the popular vote (more Americans voted for him), but Bush actually won the presidency, because he was awarded the majority of the votes in the Electoral College.

The Electoral college was established in the Constitution. Back them some people felt that not everyone should be able to vote only people who are smart, educated and perhaps wealthy should be voting. These people felt some people were not smart enough to choose the president still other people felt the opposite they felt that our young republic a democracy should represent everyone not just wealthy educated people the Electoral college is a compromise among these two ideas, yes “electors” really pick the president. But the popular vote picks who the electors from each state will vote for.
What do you think? Do you think we still need the Electoral college?

~ by stufffromthelab on September 24, 2012.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: