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Can someone explain the electorial college to me??

i don't understand it or why we have it... if one candidate gets more total votes, shouldn't they be our president?

 
AudlyLuvly

Asked by AudlyLuvly at 2:14 PM on Nov. 3, 2008 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The Founders didn't really trust the American electorate to rule sensibly. (Look at popular television and you'll see they had good reason for the fear of mob rule.)

    Instead, we vote for electors. There is a great article on wikipedia that explains the electoral college and how it came about; it would take more space than is allowed here.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Electoral_College#Origin_of_name
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 2:21 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

  • It is basically the middle ground between straight popular vote and election by Congress. Half the Framers didn't like the idea of a popular vote and half didn't like the idea of only Congress voting. It's outdated and dumb.
    Wimsey

    Answer by Wimsey at 2:21 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

  • It is also a system to balance the power of the people and of the states. The way the system is designed, the littlest states still have some say. Not much, true, but more than they would have if only the popular vote was counted.
    The entire government was designed to keep any one group from being too powerful.
    The President, Congress, the Supreme Court balance each other.
    The Federal government, the state governments, and the people balance each other. At least, we used to.
    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 2:32 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

  • well i live in the largest state and we have little say!! lol, but most of our land isn't lived on, it's majority national parks... but i think that the people should have full say on who is going to be running their country!
    AudlyLuvly

    Answer by AudlyLuvly at 2:39 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

  • Suffice to say ..... It sucks! It's ridiculous to have a system of electing a President that can win either, or a Popular vote or the Elecrotal vote. When one wind popular and the other wins electoral or vice versa it just divides the country even more than the process itself. I say get rid of the Electoral vote. I trust NO ONE in congress anyway.
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 2:55 PM on Nov. 3, 2008