Electoral college: What is it, and is it really the best system? | The Independent A shock election victory for political outsider Donald Trump means people worldwide are wondering how it came to happen. Here is a run-down of the US Electoral College voting system and why it matters so much. How does the Electoral College system work? The US president is not directly chosen by voters, but by ‘electors’ that people in a state vote for. The more people in a state, the more electors an area has. For example, Texas has a population of 25 million and is afforded 38 Electoral College votes, while Delaware has a population of 936,000 and has only three votes. There are 538 electors in total, corresponding to 435 members of Congress, 100 Senators and three additional electors for the District of Columbia. Almost every state chooses to allocate all its Electoral College votes to whoever comes in first place statewide, regardless of their margin of victory. Whoever gets to 270 electoral votes first – the majority of the 578 total votes – wins the election. Play Video Close
Michelle Obama on Donald Trump: Watch the Full Speech - Motto First Lady Michelle Obama delivered an impassioned, searing response on Thursday to Donald Trump’s comments about women that surfaced in a leaked 2005 Access Hollywood tape. “I have to tell you that I can’t stop thinking about this. It has shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn’t have predicted,” she said. “It is cruel. It’s frightening. Watch her full speech above, and read the transcript here.
What Is The Electoral College And Why Does The United States Use It? Here's a little information that Americans have usually been able to ignore. It's about the Electoral College, a uniquely American institution that's been with us from the beginning and that's occasionally given us fits. Typically, the Electoral College meets and does its thing a month or so after the election, and few people even notice or care. Will 2016 be one of those years? It's not something reasonable people would hope for, but it cannot be ruled out. First, the basics. How It Works Despite popular belief, the U.S. When each state certifies a winner of its overall popular vote, that winner is entitled to send all his or her electors to that state's Capitol, where they will officially record their votes for their candidate. In these proceedings in the states, the winner of the statewide popular vote generally takes all the Electoral College votes, a rule stretching back to 1824. Maine has two districts, so its vote can be split 3-1 (as it appears likely to be this year). Is It Fair?
Caucus vs. Primary A: In presidential campaigns, a caucus is a system of local gatherings where voters decide which candidate to support and select delegates for nominating conventions. A primary is a statewide voting process in which voters cast secret ballots for their preferred candidates. Caucuses were once the most common way of choosing presidential nominees. Caucus meetings are arranged by either the state or political party to take place at a certain place and time. Primaries are a direct, statewide process of selecting candidates and delegates. – D’Angelo Gore
2016 Presidential Election “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt TABLE OF CONTENTS (Revised 9/1/16) (For info on the 2016 General Elections, visit Student News Daily’s General Elections page.) A National Platform is the official statement of a political party’s position on a wide variety of issues. Party platforms and their planks are very important to the electoral process: They give the candidates a clear political position with which they can campaign. Both of the nation’s major political parties create platforms in advance of national elections so that voters have a clear view of the agenda the party will pursue if its members are elected to office. Read a November 3rd Daily News Article “Comparison of Party Platforms Highlights Stark Differences“ View all current and previous party platforms at The American Presidency Project. ACTIVITIES:1. 2. 1. 2. 3. 4. CONSERVATIVE vs.
Election Printables Ask the Candidate Have students complete a graphic organizer. Download this Printable (PDF) Branches of Government Students read about the three branches of U.S. government, then answer questions. Download this Printable (PDF) Do You Want to be President? Have students reflect on and write about what they would do to help the country. Download this Printable (PDF) If I were President Challenge students to think about the decisions they would make as President. Download this Printable (PDF) Road to the White House Students read a chart about the steps candidates take to become president, then answer questions. Download this Printable (PDF) Download this Printable (PDF) Want to Run for Office? Students read a chart about the requirement for three government roles. Download this Printable (PDF) Working in Washington Students read about the jobs of government leaders, then answer questions. Download this Printable (PDF)