AP Gov Sem 1 Final Electoral College

constitutional convention
The meeting of state delegates in 1787 in Philadelphia called to revise the Articles of Confederation. It instead designed a new plan of government, the US Constitution.
3 Reasons for electoral college
poor communication -> common people lack knowledge; Have “best” people choose president, ill may be swayed by charisma; compromise btwn popular vote and congress election
Rust belt movement to Sun Belt
More representation in sun belt, less in rust
rust belt
the north central and northeastern states where major manufacturing centers were once dominant
sun belt
The warm and sunny part of the states that stretch from California to Florida
selection of electors
each party develops a “slate” of loyal electors prior to election
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if no candidate gets electoral college majority…
House selects president, each state has 1 vote
fatherless electors
no law requiring electors to vote for who they are supposed to
criticism of electoral college
minority voted president; fatherless electors; small states overrepresented if goes to House; no 3rd parties
Direct election alternative
voters are equal
District system alternative
candidate that wins district wins their electoral vote
proportional system alternative
candidate gets same % of electoral votes as popular votes
why has the electoral college not been abolished?
reluctance to tamper with const; hard to make amendment; opposition from small states; opposition from urban minorities