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Who really selects the President and
the Vice President of the United States?
The Electoral College Scheme was established in Article 2, Section 1 of the United States Constitution and has been amended by the 12th Amendment in 1804.
How the 538 Electoral College Elite, the "ELECTORS", or "SELECTORS", Selects the President and the Vice President of the United States, every 4 years, fourth November.
U.S. Constitution - Article 2, Section 1 -
The Executive Branch & The President
The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice-President chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows:
Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.
Each state gets a number of electors equal to its number of members in the U.S. House of Representatives plus 1 for each of its 2 U.S. Senators. Washington DC, District of Columbia as a non-state gets 3 electors. And the Democratic and Republican party committee members, the 2 wings of the very same brutal bird of prey gets to chose the 538 Electoral College Elite, or the so-called "ELECTORS", or "SELECTORS".
Each selector gets 1 vote. Thus, a state with 8 selectors would cast 8 votes. There are currently 538 selectors and the votes of a majority of them - 270 votes - are required to become selected the President and Vice President of the United States.
I hope you are able to see how the best imaginary democracy show that money can buy works. We must change the imaginary democracy to a real one, NOW.
P.S. We should keep in mind that, Al Gore won the 2000 election popular vote by over 500,000 votes. - George W. Bush became president even though he lost the popular vote to Al Gore. - This is not democracy, this is the criminal elites choosing and doing whatever the hell they want.
Electoral College Scheme: By States & Votes
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Abolish the Electoral College
New York Times, Published: August 29, 2004
When Republican delegates nominate their presidential candidate this week, they will be doing it in a city where residents who support George Bush have, for all practical purposes, already been disenfranchised. Barring a tsunami of a sweep, heavily Democratic New York will send its electoral votes to John Kerry and both parties have already written New York off as a surefire blue state. The Electoral College makes Republicans in New York, and Democrats in Utah, superfluous. It also makes members of the majority party in those states feel less than crucial. It's hard to tell New York City children that every vote is equally important - it's winner take all here, and whether Senator Kerry beats the president by one New York vote or one million, he will still walk away with all 31 of the state's electoral votes.
The Electoral College got a brief spate of attention in 2000, when George Bush became president even though he lost the popular vote to Al Gore by more than 500,000 votes. Many people realized then for the first time that we have a system in which the president is chosen not by the voters themselves, but by 538 electors. It's a ridiculous setup, which thwarts the will of the majority, distorts presidential campaigning and has the potential to produce a true constitutional crisis. There should be a bipartisan movement for direct election of the president.
The main problem with the Electoral College is that it builds into every election the possibility, which has been a reality three times since the Civil War, that the president will be a candidate who lost the popular vote. This shocks people in other nations who have been taught to look upon the United States as the world's oldest democracy. The Electoral College also heavily favors small states. The fact that every one gets three automatic electors - one for each senator and a House member - means states that by population might be entitled to only one or two electoral votes wind up with three, four or five.
The majority does not rule and every vote is not equal - those are reasons enough for scrapping the system. But there are other consequences as well. This election has been making clear how the Electoral College distorts presidential campaigns. A few swing states take on oversized importance, leading the candidates to focus their attention, money and promises on a small slice of the electorate. We are hearing far more this year about the issue of storing hazardous waste at Yucca Mountain, an important one for Nevada's 2.2 million residents, than about securing ports against terrorism, a vital concern for 19.2 million New Yorkers. The political concerns of Cuban-Americans, who are concentrated in the swing state of Florida, are of enormous interest to the candidates. The interests of people from Puerto Rico scarcely come up at all, since they are mainly settled in areas already conceded as Kerry territory. The emphasis on swing states removes the incentive for a large part of the population to follow the campaign, or even to vote.
Those are the problems we have already experienced. The arcane rules governing the Electoral College have the potential to create havoc if things go wrong. Electors are not required to vote for the candidates they are pledged to, and if the vote is close in the Electoral College, a losing candidate might well be able to persuade a small number of electors to switch sides. Because there are an even number of electors - one for every senator and House member of the states, and three for the District of Columbia - the Electoral College vote can end in a tie. There are several plausible situations in which a 269-269 tie could occur this year. In the case of a tie, the election goes to the House of Representatives, where each state delegation gets one vote - one for Wyoming's 500,000 residents and one for California's 35.5 million.
The Electoral College's supporters argue that it plays an important role in balancing relations among the states, and protecting the interests of small states. A few years ago, this page was moved by these concerns to support the Electoral College. But we were wrong. The small states are already significantly over represented in the Senate, which more than looks out for their interests. And there is no interest higher than making every vote count.
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