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Electoral College

             In the Constitution of the United States of America it states, "The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America". Now we all know that the president is the head of the executive branch of our government, but all of us do not know the exact process of how the President is elected. Our president is chosen through the Electoral College, which is a group of people appointed by their parties to choose our president. Some people do not believe this is the best process to choose our chief executive. The people who do not believe that the current electoral process is the fairest believe that another system of election is the best. The other kind of election process that can be used to elect our president is called the direct election method. The direct method is the process of electing the chief executive through the use of the regular popular vote. .
             Before it can be examined if the Electoral College method of electing our president is the fairest and best way, it has to be explained. First of all each state in the union gets a certain number of electors. Basically the Electoral College system works like this today. Every ten years the census figures adjusts how many Representatives each state has. This number plus two, representing the two senators, equals how many electors each state has. Also Washington DC has 3 electors. Then each state has the right to decide how to select these electors. Forty-eight states use the general ticket system, two states, Maine and Nebraska, use the district system. The general ticket system is supposed to operate as follows. There is a direct vote election held in each state and the winner of the vote is supposed to get all of that states electoral votes. In 24 states the electors are required to vote as pledged. In Maine and Nebraska there is an election held in each congressional district. The winner of every district gets one electoral vote, and the candidate with the most electoral votes gets the remaining two electoral votes.

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