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Tracy Reid CIS 217 Test 3 Electoral and Popular Vote 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 In addition DC has three electors Then each state has the right to decide how to select these electors Forty-eight states use the general ticket system two 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 those 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 Then all of the votes are counted and if a candidate gets more than half the votes heshe becomes the new president If there is no majority then the election gets thrown into the House of Representatives There each state is given one vote and they vote on the top three candidates If a candidate gets a majority vote then heshe becomes president If not they continue voting until a majority is reached and the speaker of the house becomes a temporary president until a majority is reached Glennon 45 The constitution clearly states that the choice of electors is to be made by the states And court cases have named it constitutional for the states to require electors to vote one way or another according to their pledge Glennon 137 Thus an easier but just as effective method of change is called Allocating the Electoral Vote In this method the states hold
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