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The Electoral College. Caitlyn Fitzgerald INDT 501-03. What is it?. Made up of representatives (electors) 538 100 to represent each Senator 435 to represent each Representative of the House 3 for Washington, DC. Who are we voting for?. Do you vote directly for the President? NO!

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the electoral college

The Electoral College

Caitlyn Fitzgerald

INDT 501-03

what is it
What is it?
  • Made up of representatives (electors)
  • 538
    • 100 to represent each Senator
    • 435 to represent each Representative of the House
    • 3 for Washington, DC
who are we voting for
Who are we voting for?
  • Do you vote directly for the President?
    • NO!
  • You actually vote for an elector
  • Electors pledge to vote for the candidates for whom the constituents vote
  • Candidates need a simple majority (270) to win
who do electors vote for
Who do electors vote for?
  • All but 2 states have a “winner take all” method
    • If the majority of citizens vote Republican, all of that state’s electors pledge to cast their votes for the Republican candidate
    • Example: Virginia has 13 electoral votes. All 13 would go to the Republican candidate
elector breakdown
Elector Breakdown
  • The 2008 election by state…
a flaw of the college
A Flaw of the College
  • Although population-based, does not always reflect results of popular vote
  • The 2000 election:
    • Electoral votes:
      • Bush: 271
      • Gore: 266
    • BUT, popular votes:
      • Bush: 50,456,002
      • Gore: 50,999,897

Should Al Gore have been president???

question 1
Question 1
  • Which state carries the most electoral votes?
  • A. New York
  • B. Florida
  • C. California
question 2
Question 2
  • What does “winner take all” mean in the electoral college?
  • A. The presidential candidate with the most popular votes automatically wins the election
  • B. The presidential candidate with the most popular votes in a state wins all of that state’s electoral votes
  • C. The presidential candidate who wins the most states automatically wins the election
question 3
Question 3
  • Why was the 2008 presidential election different than usual for Virginia?
  • A. Virginia voted for the Democratic candidate
  • B. Virginia voted for the Republican candidate
  • C. Some of Virginia’s electoral votes went to the Republicans and some went to the Democrats
sources
Sources
  • Tan electoral college map [map]. Retrieved October 27, 2010, from: http://www.nationalpopularvote.com/pages/electoralcollege.php
  • US Electoral College Map 2008 [map]. Retrieved October 27, 2010, from: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Electoral_College_Map_2008.svg
  • Al Gore [photo]. Retrieved October 27, 2010, from: http://gawker.com/5282163/al-gores-busy-making-bad-jokes-while-his-currenttv-journalists-are-still-trapped-in-north-korea
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