For some of us, the electoral college process (and its outcome) may seem a bit shocking in the 2000 us presidential election, for example, more americans voted for gore, but bush actually won the presidency because he was awarded the majority of electoral college votes. Enter the 12th amendment, which allowed each party to designate one candidate for president and a separate candidate for vice president the amendment’s modifications of the electoral process. 2000 presidential election revealed weaknesses in electoral college system bush-gore election was a statistical tie election ultimately decided by us supreme court electoral problems have frequently marred presidential elections in us history on 12 december 2000, the united states supreme court.
The electoral college is not really a college at all instead, it is the important and often controversial process by which the united states selects the president of the united states every four years the founding fathers created the electoral college system as a compromise between having the. North carolina electoral college certificates of vote await signatures from the state’s electors at the state capitol in raleigh, nc, december 19, 2016. Under the electoral college system, each state is assigned a certain number of votes there are a total of 538 electoral votes, and the number of votes each state receives is proportional to its size --- the bigger the state's population the more votes it gets. The president is the focal point of our federal government so much so that it is called the presidential system, where the head of the government leads an executive branch that is separate from a.
A very significant one indeed for the college determined who became the next president for one of the few times in us history, the president who won (george w bush) did not receive the most votes this is due to the structuring of the electoral college system in america i won't go into detail, but basically each state has a certain number of votes called electoral votes. Recall that the electoral college system is mostly winner-take-all (maine and nebraska are the exceptions, assigning most of their electors by congressional district) in illinois, for instance. Even within the electoral college, we could imagine voting for two slates of electors, one charged with choosing the president, the other picking the vice president most of the time, of course, voters would pick the slates of the same political party.
Electoral college, the system by which the president and vice president of the united states are chosen it was devised by the framers of the united states constitution to provide a method of election that was feasible, desirable, and consistent with a republican form of governmentfor the results of us presidential elections, see the table. The electoral college is the system, implemented by the fore fathers so that the president is chosen, rather than electing a president by a tabulation of vote's nation wide the electoral college uses a system of points (electoral votes) that are counted state by state. The electoral college is the party actually casting the votes for which runner will become president whether they cast their votes with the peoples' popular votes in mind is entirely up to them. In at least five presidential elections—1824, 1876, 1888, 2000, and 2016—the presidential candidate who prevailed in the popular vote lost in the electoral college.
Plus, they wanted every state to have a role in national elections so the founding fathers came up with a system of “electors” – or pre-selected people from each state who ultimately elect the president and vice president. The 2012 presidential election is projected to be close, and attention has turned to whether the electoral college may diverge from the popular vote in shaping the outcome of an election should this come to pass, we will once again have a national debate as to whether the electoral college should be maintained, scrapped, or amended. The president and vice president of the united states are elected by the electoral college, which consists of 538 presidential electors from the fifty states and washington, dc presidential electors are selected on a state-by-state basis, as determined by the laws of each state. A quick electoral college refresher: the 538 electors allocated (mainly by population) among the 50 states and the district of columbia actually choose the president and vice president, with a majority of electoral votes (ie, 270) needed for an outright win.
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 candidate with the most electors wins all the state's electoral college votes and the first candidate to win enough states to get to 270 electoral votes is elected to that office. The role of the electoral college in presidential elections by jed feeny soc 427 november 16, 2011 feeny 1 the role of the electoral college in presidential elections the purpose of this paper is to thoroughly explore the electoral college voting system in the united states.
The electoral college explained - christina greer discover how your individual vote contributes to the popular vote and your state's electoral vote in different ways--and see how votes are. The electoral college is the institution that officially elects the president and vice president of the united states every four years the electoral college consists of popularly elected representatives ( electors ) who formally elect the president and vice president of the united states. The electoral college is a system that elects the president, it is possible for a presidential candidate to win the popular votes of the citizens and still lose the election because of the electoral college, a prime example of this rare happening is the election of 2000 where george bush lost the. 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.