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Time to Change the Electoral College?

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Is it time for a new amendment abolishing the Electoral College? After the 2016 Election many Americans believe it is. America is the only country that uses this process to elect their leader. In all other democrat locations, the popular vote is used to choose a leader of the nation. Let’s begin by first looking at the system in place.

2016 Final Electoral Map

2016 Final Electoral Map (source: Business Insider)

The Electoral College is a process, not a place. The founding fathers established it in the Constitution as a compromise between election of the President by a vote in Congress and election of the President by a popular vote of qualified citizens.

The Electoral College process consists of the selection of the electors, the meeting of the electors where they vote for President and Vice President, and the counting of the electoral votes by Congress.

The Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President. Your state’s entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives plus two for your Senators.

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