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By Justice Roy

The electoral college is the system in place that decides who becomes the next president of the united states. This is a very strange and unique system that Is only practiced by a select other few countries in the world. The concept is this “The Electoral College is made up of 538 electors who cast votes to decide the President and Vice-President of the United States. When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, they will be choosing which candidate receives their state’s electors. The candidate who receives a majority of electoral votes (270) wins the Presidency. The number 538 is the sum of the nation’s 435 Representatives, 100 Senators, and 3 electors given to the District of Columbia.” This process is not one that is easy to wrap your head around because we are grown up to believe that when we turn 18 that we need to go out and vote because our vote carries weight and only we can elect our future leaders. Well this isn’t entirely true but it isn’t entirely false either. The electoral voters do have the choice to vote for who they want and if they vote against the popular vote for their area they are known as faithless voters. Now in the history of our country there have been accounts of faithless voters but never enough to swing the election to another candidate.” If any of them act on their promises, it would be rare. In the 240 year history of the U.S., there have been 157 faithless electors, according to the nonprofit FairVote. Nearly half changed their votes because the candidate to whom they were pledged died before the Electoral College met, three chose to abstain and the other 82 broke their pledge for reasons of personal preference or conscience. But none has ever successfully changed the outcome of an election.” I would say as of now things are likely to be set in stone, but who knows we have seen many firsts in most of our lifetimes maybe we will see another.

 

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/06/what-is-the-electoral-college_n_2078970.html

 

http://time.com/4560682/faithless-electors/

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