Because the election is only weeks away, I thought I’d post something about our government. During a very hot summer in 1787, the Alexander Hamilton and the other 54 members of the Constitutional Convention spent hours every day holed up in a locked room. Of course it is always difficult to reach an agreement whenever you have this many people and so they had to compromise. One of their compromises was how to elect the president. Some favored a popular vote. Others wanted the Congress to elect the president. What they decided to do was form the Electoral College and allow it to vote for the president and vice president.
The Electoral College is a group of people who represent each state. Each state has a certain number of Electoral College votes. That number comes from the number of senators and representatives a state has. For example, in the great state of Missouri we have 2 senators as does every state. Based on our population, we have 8 representatives. Therefore, Missouri has 10 Electoral College votes. If a candidate wins the majority vote in Missouri, they will receive 10 votes towards the Electoral College. The reason for this is so that the lesser populated states don’t get outvoted by states with a larger population. As a result of the Electoral College, candidates for President will campaign in most if not all of the states in the union. In order to win the presidency, a candidate must win 270 Electoral College votes. Every state counts! Now that you understand the Electoral College, what’s your opinion? Does it make sense this way or should we just go to a straight popular vote?
MB (c/o 98)
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