Can the Electoral College pick the president?

February 6, 2019 Off By idswater

Can the Electoral College pick the president?

That’s partially correct. When citizens cast their ballots for president in the popular vote, they elect a slate of electors. Electors then cast the votes that decide who becomes president of the United States.

What does the constitution say about Electoral College?

The Constitution says nothing about the people as a whole electing the president. It says in Article II that “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors.” Those electors then vote for president and vice-president.

What happens if there is no electoral college majority?

The House of Representatives decides presidential elections if there is no Electoral College majority (most recently in 1824), although the 1876 election was resolved by horse trading after a special commission ended voting disputes. Today’s electors pledge to vote faithfully for their party’s candidate.

Why are there faithless electors in the Electoral College?

Faithless electors sometimes make idiosyncratic votes, but they also make strategic votes to try to push the election into the House of Representatives, as seen in the two disputes that led to this summer’s Supreme Court faithless elector decision.

How is the vice president chosen in the Electoral College?

The Senate follows these rules in its selection of the Vice-President: The choice is between the top two vice-presidential vote-getters in the Electoral College. Each senator has one vote, for a total of 100 votes (no vote for the District of Columbia). A Vice-President must be elected by a majority-51-of the whole Senate.

How many electoral votes do you need to be president?

After you cast your ballot for president, your vote goes to a statewide tally. In 48 states and Washington, D.C., the winner gets all the electoral votes for that state. Maine and Nebraska assign their electors using a proportional system. A candidate needs the vote of at least 270 electors—more…

How does a candidate win in the Electoral College?

On that single ballot, voters rank their top three choices in order. A candidate wins by receiving a majority of first-preference votes. If nobody gets more than half the first-round votes, all but the top two candidates are eliminated.

How many electors are there in the Electoral College?

When people cast their vote, they are actually voting for a group of people called electors. The number of electors each state gets is equal to its total number of Senators and Representatives in Congress. A total of 538 electors form the Electoral College. Each elector casts one vote following the general election.

What happens if the Electoral College is replaced?

No longer would the candidate with the most popular votes be able to lose, though it still wouldn’t guarantee that the winner would avoid having more opposition than supporters. There are a variety of ways the U.S. could elect its president if it sought to replace the Electoral College: Plurality rule isn’t the only alternative.