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.

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