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Reasons Founding Fathers founded Electoral College
1. Shorten list of candidates
2. Didn't trust people to do it directly
3. Didn't want the President to owe his job to Congress
If no one gets 270 votes...
House picks President from top 3 candidates (each state gets one vote [50 votes, 26 majority], District of Columbia ruled out, if state delegation can't agree, loose vote for round, 2/3 quorum)
Senate chooses from top 2 candidates to elect VP (each Senator gets one vote [100 Senators, 51 Majority], 2/3 quorum)
January 20 (No majority...)
neither House nor Senate can agree until natl election day, Speaker of the House becomes Pres
further clarifies Electoral College by separating voting for Pres and voting for VP by the Electors
Weaknesses of Electoral College
1. Can win popular vote and still lose President
2. No majority of EC voters, election goes to House/Senate, where the Pres owes his job to Congress (against Founding Fathers)
3. Electors don't have to vote for who they're pledged to
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