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The Electoral College

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Kerry Marple

on 20 October 2015

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Transcript of The Electoral College

Electoral College

Unit 2, pg. 4
Electoral College Vocab

” - if a candidate wins majority of the
state’s popular vote, they take all the state’s electoral vote

” - a state’s # of House of Representatives and U.S Senators

Popular Vote
” - total number of overall votes

Electoral Vote
” - state votes casted in the Electoral College
What is it?
A map of the United States which represents electors who cast their vote for the President/Vice President

Why is it used?
To elect the President and Vice President of the United States
How is it used?
A candidate gains a state’s electoral points by a “winner-take-all” system, winning a state’s popular vote. 270 electoral votes wins the Presidency.

When is it used?
Every fourth even-numbered year during a Presidential Election. (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012...)

How is a "Winner-Take-All System Significant in Presidential Elections?
favors a two-party system, making it nearly impossible for a third party to win a Presidential election (none have won the Presidency to date)

leads candidates target states with a larger electoral votes
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