First, the popular vote winner may lose the electoral college, confounding many americans’ notion of fairness and potentially delegitimizing presidential power second, the system discourages suffrage since electoral votes are based on overall population, not total number of eligible voters. The electoral college was written into article 2 of the constitution as a compromise between those who wanted congress to choose the president and those who believed the popular vote should decide. The electoral college represents a compromise among the drafters of the us constitution — some of whom wanted congress to pick the president while others argued for direct election by the people. The electoral college the 2010 decennial census altered states’ weight in the electoral college following each census, the united state census bureau conducts a process called reapportionment during which states are assigned a number of seats in the united states house of representatives based on population.
Learn about the financing of presidential elections, the rules for convention delegates and the electoral college system used to elect the president of the united states. The electoral college the electoral college is a group of citizens (known as electors) appointed by the voters in each state to cast votes for the president and vice president of the united states on behalf of the state's citizens. Donald trump won the electoral college to become president in 2016, although hillary clinton won the popular vote pictured: a tv monitor shows the third presidential debate in 2016. The electoral college, proponents say, makes us presidential elections less contentious by providing a clear ending there’s no need for a national recount when you have an electoral college if one state has voting issues, you can just do a recount in that state rather than creating national upheaval.
The electoral college is a process, not a place the founding fathers established it in the constitution as a compromise between election of the president by a vote in congress and election of the president by a popular vote of qualified citizens the electoral college process consists of the selection of the electors, the meeting of the electors where they vote for president and vice. The electoral college is a group of people that elects the president and the vice president of the united states (the word “college” in this case simply refers to an organized body of people. Electoral college: the voters of each state, and the district of columbia, vote for electors to be the authorized constitutional members in a presidential election natural born citizen: someone born with us citizenship includes any child born in the united states, the children of united states citizens born abroad, and those born abroad of.
The electoral college method of choosing the president and vice president guarantees that each state, whether large or small in area or population, has some voice in selecting the nation's leaders. Below is a state-by-state list of when each state’s electoral college meeting was taking place -- much of this information has been gathered from the national association of secretaries of state. The electoral college system the founders designed requires two rounds of voting—one being a popular at the state level, and then another by the delegates chosen by the citizens of that state in their popular vote.
But tuesday's election showed that the electoral college map is more fluid than many people believed pennsylvania and wisconsin, considered reliably democratic, swung republican. The presidential/vice presidential pair who wins the popular vote in any given state receives all of the state's electoral college votes 1 in the end, the winner of the race is the candidate who receives a majority (270 or more) of the 538 electoral college votes. But his 306-to-232 win over clinton on election night ranks just 46th out of 58 electoral college margins the final tally on monday gave trump 304 electoral votes while clinton received 227. These electors, who together form the electoral college, are the ones who actually elect the president if no candidate gets a majority of the electoral vote, the house of representatives elects the president, with each state having one vote.
In a typical election year, the mid-december meeting of the electoral college interests only political junkies and civics teachers not this time hillary clinton's victory in the popular — but. The electoral college vote is normally a formality but took on extra prominence this year after a group of democratic activists sought to persuade republicans to cross lines and vote for.
By william c kimberling, deputy director fec national clearinghouse on election administration in order to appreciate the reasons for the electoral college, it is essential to understand its historical context and the problem that the founding fathers were trying to solve. The electoral college is a controversial mechanism of presidential elections that was created by the framers of the us constitution as a compromise for the presidential election process at the time, some politicians believed a purely popular election was too reckless, while others objected to giving congress the power to select the president. A key benefit of the electoral college system is that it decentralizes control over the election currently, a presidential election is really 51 separate elections: one in each state and one in dc.