POLS_110_-_Lecture_17

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Chapter 12: THE PRESIDENCY
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Beginning Assumptions: The American Constitution (an institution) has  structured behavior in a manner that has promoted  the rise of the two party system.   These two parties over time have legitimized and the  organizations themselves have gained the status of  institutions (institutions affecting behavior affecting  institutions).   One of the places this is supremely evident is in the  Electoral College.
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Steps of the Electoral College Step 1: Self-Selection of  Candidates Occurs up to several years  prior to the election Candidates announce that  they are going to run based  on a calculation of public,  and probably more  importantly party support The party works as an  institution, confining political  behavior
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Steps of the Electoral College Occurs during spring  of the election year The parties offer up the  candidates to voters for  the initial selection  process Based on these  primary totals, a  candidate is selected  by the parties at the  party’s national  convention Step Two: the Primaries/Caucuses
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Steps of the Electoral College Also occurs during spring of the election year each political party organization in each state meets  and chooses a “slate” of electors  criteria = party loyalty who = men and women who have served the party well  (given time & money) for quite a while Step Three: Selecting a Slate of Electors
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Steps of the Electoral College Number of electors per state = # of representatives + # of senators  Step Three: Selecting a Slate of Electors (cont’d) In Indiana: 11 = 9 +2 
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Steps of the Electoral College 538 total = 435 Representatives + 100 Senators + 3 for DC Step Three: Selecting a Slate of Electors (cont’d) Constitution says that you must have a majority to win: (50% + 1), so 270 to win
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course POL unk taught by Professor R.smith during the Spring '08 term at DePauw.

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