The Electoral College System You walk in to the voting booth on the first Tuesday of November to cast your vote for who you think should be president. You take your ballot into the box believing, as most people do, that your vote will be counted along with the rest of the population. You do this because you believe it could be the deciding vote for the presidential race. Well, you are wrong. Your vote only decides who the electors that join the Electoral College in December will be, but the elector can always change his or her vote.
After the national conventions, the two parties’ presidential hopefuls can concentrate on campaigning for the ultimate prize in American politics. Each state has a number of delegates attached to it who are members of the state’s Electoral College. It is these people who the voters in that state are in reality voting for as most of these delegates are voted for at the same time as the presidential election. The number of delegates a state gets is dependent on its population and its representation in the House of Representatives. The election of the electors and congress takes place on the first Tuesday in November.
They chose from three main systems: elect the president by congress, the people, or electors. The electoral college system has been in place for over 200 years and Americans are still not sure how it works or if it is the best system. Many Americans feel they go to the polls every year and vote for the president, and in the long run they are in control of the fate of our executive branch. This third system was to have electors that could not be a member of congress vote for the president. The elector system was voted down twice, once as the electors to be chosen by state legislatures, and the other time as the electors to be chosen by direct vote.
From those persons, the parties submit to the state's chief election official a list of individuals pledged to their candidate for president. After the primaries and caucuses, the major parties nominate their prime candidates for President and Vice President. These candidates will then be permitted to hold national and state-wide conventions to win their seats in the White House. After the campaigning, on the Tuesday following the first Monday of November, every four years, it is decided which party goes to the Electoral College. Whichever party slate wins the most popular votes in the State becomes that State's Electors—so that whichever presidential candidate gets the most popular votes in a State wins all the Electors of that State.
Likewise, in the case where the Senate must vote for the Vice President, voting occurs on a ballot, and each state receives only one vote. If by Inauguration Day, no President has been chosen, the elected Vice President then becomes acting President until a President is chosen. If by Inauguration Day neither the President nor the Vice President has been chosen, then pursuant to the 20th amendment, Congress can determine who the acting President will be until a presidential candidate qualifies. Political Parties: Throughout history, American elections have (for the most part) been dominated by a two-party system.
When Election Day—which is held every 4 years—arrives, the American people go to their polling places and vote for their candidate, the votes are tallied, and whoever wins the most counties through popular vote gets the entire state’s electoral votes credited to them. On the first Monday after the second Wednesday of December, individual electors from each state cast the vote for the presidency according to whichever candidates won the most counties in their state (Curry, 2012). These votes that are cast by the electors are called electoral votes; the amount of votes for each state vary, which causes some issues. Lack of Popular Vote and the Electoral College For most of the world, leaders are chosen by popular vote. All of the country’s citizens go to cast their vote, every vote is tallied, and whoever has the most votes, wins.
Electoral College (audience: people of the U.S.) You walk into the voting booth on the first Tuesday of November to cast your vote for who you think should be President. You take your ballot into the box believing, as most people do, that your vote will be counted along with the rest of the population. You do this because you believe it could be the deciding vote for the presidential race. Well, you are horribly mistaken. What you may not realize is that the Electoral College actually elects the President, not the individual voters.
The acceptance of the plan by initiative referendum resulted from a public repercussion against the widespread abuses of the judicial system by the political machine in Kansas City and by the political control exhibited by ward bosses in St. Louis (Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan, n.d.). The Missouri Plan is a judicial selection process utilized by certain States in the US. The Plan unites an appointment procedure with the popular vote. Under the Plan, a selection committee offers the Governor of the state with the names of three candidates for office. If the Governor selects one of the candidates within sixty days, that person is appointed to the bench one year; if not, the committee makes the selection and appointment.
The Electoral College members are being chosen before popular Election Day. Each state has its particular method for selecting electors, most of them are designated at their convention for the State political party. Electors frequently possess a trajectory of being dedicated and servicing their political group. Besides, anyone with a personal or political link to the president aspirant can be an Elector nominator. The day of elections, when people put their ballot for president, they are voting for the Electors in their particular state.
Each candidate who enters the election lists a slate of delegates who have promised to support the candidate at the convention. Party members show their choice for the presidential nomination by voting for the slate of delegates committed two that candidate. Primaries that select about two-thirds of the delegates are held the first six months of presidential election years” (Robert Agranoff, “Primary Elections”) In the democratic primaries you need 2,170 delegates to win and 434 delegates left to be allocated. Bradley had 425 and Gore had 30,470. In the Republican Party primaries you need 1,034 delegates to win and at 542 the left to be allocated.