What is the Electoral College?

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With the recent election in mind, I found the Facebook video presentation listed below of interest. I suggest it be viewed to gain an understanding of the protocol in use today in the selection of electors duly bound to cast their respective votes for the presidential candidate who collected the most popular votes within their respective states. If no one gets a majority, the House of Representatives decides, with each state’s delegation getting one vote.

One feature of the Electoral College is that it picks a decisive winner as early as possible. Critics state its use is a violation of democracy, one that defied the principal of “one man, one vote.”  Democrats further gripe that their candidate won the popular vote in six of the past seven presidential elections but won only four. Supporters argue, the process prevents candidates from parking themselves in populous states such as New York and California. Clinton’s advantage in California alone would have added 2.7 million votes, more than the recently announced majority.

A majority opinion currently exists, the Electoral College is anything but outdated. However, ten states and the District of Columbia disagree forming a National Popular Vote Interstate Compact  that would require  electors support of the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.

Is this the best way to run an election process? You be the judge.




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