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Electoral College Webquest

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Michaela Brodie-Willey

on 24 September 2014

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Transcript of Electoral College Webquest

Instead of just tallying the total number of votes cast across the nation in presidential elections, votes are counted state-by-state. The winner of the popular vote in each state is awarded the electoral votes for that state. The candidate winning the majority of electoral votes to win.
Why did the Founders of the Constitution establish an Electoral College to choose the president?
The Controversial Presidential Elections
Should we keep the electoral college?
Why?
How the electoral college works...
1. Each state chose a number of electors equal to the number of congress people that state had.

2. Each state gets two senators and a Representative.

3. Electors are chosen by popular elections.
By: Alexys, Michaela and Taylor
Electoral College Webquest
Obama
Romney
Election
Candidates involved
Why is it controversial?
1800
1824
1876
2000
Thomas Jefferson
vs.
Aaron Burr
house cast 36 separate votes in a week
John Adams
vs.
Andrew Jackson
No majority within electoral college
Van Buren
vs.
Richard Johnson
Johnson did not receive majority vote but still was VP
George Bush
vs.
Al Gore
Resulted in court battles over recounts
Why not?
-This system is the same system we have used for years.
- Keeps minority votes in mind for much smaller states (such as Delaware).
- Encourages political stability of nation with a two-part system.
- People are less likely to vote because they assume their vote doesnt make a difference.
- Failure to reflect overall popular opinion.
- The possibility of electing a minority president.
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