Electoral College

Electoral College - the popular vote in that state, and by...

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College Dropout “Most American would like to abolish the Electoral College” (Wilson 242). I have always assumed that our government is supposed to do what the people want. The Electoral College is a term used to describe the 538 presidential electors that meet every presidential election and cast votes for the president and vice president. These votes are what ultimately decide the winner of the election. Each state is given a certain amount of electoral votes based on the number of senators and representatives it has. In order to win the election a candidate must get 270, or at least half, of the electoral votes. To get a state’s electoral votes, with the exception of Maine and Nebraska, a candidate must win
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Unformatted text preview: the popular vote in that state, and by doing that, the candidate will receive all of that states electoral votes. Under this current system a candidate can receive 270 electoral votes, and win the election, without winning the majority of the popular votes. I feel as though the Electoral College eliminates the votes of the minority within the states. In the 2000 presidential election, Bush received 3,799,639 votes in Texas, and Gore received 2,433,746, which resulted in Bush getting the 32 electoral votes that Texas has. The 2.43 million people who voted for Gore have no power or influence under the Electoral College system....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course POSC 101 taught by Professor Benfield during the Fall '07 term at Montgomery.

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