Presidential Selection - The Electoral College
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Direct vote of the people who are of voting age.
The Electoral college votes for the President.
The Electoral college is a process, not a place.
The Electoral college is the group of people (electors) chosen from each state and the district of Columbia to formally select the President and Vice President.
A person elected by the voters to represent them in making a formal selection of the Vice President and President.
State electors - chosen by states.
Cannot be representatives already in Congress.
There are 538 electors.
Votes cast by electors in the Electoral College.
There are 538 votes.
Number of electoral Votes allowerd
Number of electors = same number as senators and representatives (combine) per state.
D.C. 3 representatives.
The District of Colombia is allocated 3 electors and treated like a state for purposes of the Electoral College.
(Congress population = 535 + 3 (DC) = 538)
Number of Votes Needed to Win
Half plus one.
538/2 = 269 + 1 = 270
"The President and Vice President were to be chosen by a special body of presidential electors. These electors would cast two electoral votes, each for a different candidate."
Candidate with the most votes = President
2nd place = Vice President
Election of President and Vice President. "Changed Hamilton's Plan."
Role of the House of Representatives within the Electoral College
If the Electoral College cannot decide a clear winner of who is president; then the House of Representatives vote to determine who the President is.
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