Many Americans who vote in a Presidential election believe they are
voting directly for a candidate. In actuality, they are voting for a
slate of electors who will cast their ballots in the Electoral College.
These electors ultimately select the President and Vice President.
believe it is time to change this process, and elect the President and
Vice President by a direct nationwide popular vote of the people. For
this assignment, please provide arguments on both sides of the equation –
keeping the current Electoral College system or changing to a
nationwide direct popular vote election of the president.
Your completed presentation should include at least the following elements:
comprehensive explanation of the Electoral College and how it works to
elect the President and Vice President of the United States.
reasons the founders of the United States created an Electoral College
and included it in the Constitution, instead of having a direct
nationwide popular vote election of the President.
- The total number of Electoral College votes, and how many electoral votes are needed to become President.
an explanation of how electors are divided or apportioned amongst the
various states. For instance, how many electors are apportioned to each
state, and what is the method used for apportioning these electors?
Which states have the most electors, and why? Which states have the
least number of electors, and why?
- How are the number of each
state’s electors related to a state’s representation in the Congress –
in terms of House members and Senators? Also, who are these “electors”
and how are they selected?
- What happens after the November
General Election leading up to Inaugural Day? For instance, explain what
happens in each of the state capitols in mid-December and during a
joint session of Congress in early January following the November
- Finally, compare and contrast the U.S. system
of electing the President with the system used in another country of
your choice. For instance, how does the selection of the President of
France, or the Prime Minister of Great Britain, or the Chancellor of
Germany, compare and contrast with the system of electing the President
of the United States?
15 slide PowerPoint Presentation