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Unit 15 The Electoral College & Unit 16 The Presidential Election

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Transcript of Unit 15 The Electoral College & Unit 16 The Presidential Election

At first the writers of the Constitution were not ready to give the selection of the president to the people
In order to change the Electoral College, there will need to be an amendment added to the Constitution.
Unit 16 Presidential Election
If a candidate gets the most popular (peoples) votes in the state, the "electors" will then cast their votes the same way.

- so ALL the electoral votes for the state will go to the winner of the state.
Unit 15 The Electoral College
&
Unit 16 The Presidential Election

They wrote a compromise into Article 2;
- setting up a system of electors to select the president.....Electoral College.
Each state would get as many "electors" as there were senators and representatives from that state.
- A vote of 270 or more from the electoral college would be necessary to select the president.
The Electoral College gives the states with a small population more of an equal weight in te presidential election.
Problems:
- It allows a person to be selected president who has not won the popular vote in the country.




Political Party Symbols
Donkey = Democrat

Elephant = Republican
- Americans pick their presidents and vice presidents from the candidates presented by the Democratic and Republican parties.

- The Constitution does not mention political parties, even
though they have been in existence since the early days
of our country.

The next political convention will take place in 2 years, the summer before we will be voting for our next president in November 2016.
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