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Question Examine the operation of the Electoral College in Presidential Elections Consider the view that a candidate who doesnt win California cant win the Presidency In what ways has the balance of power in the Electoral College shifted in recent years The Electoral College system is a long and complicated process I have explained it below in fine detail Each state is allocated number of Electors equal to the number of its Senatorsalways 2 plus the number of its Representatives which may change each decade according to the size of each States population as determined in the Census The political parties or independent candidate in each State submit to the States chief election official a list of individuals pledged to their candidate for president and equal in number to the States electoral vote Usually the major political parties select these individuals either in their State party conventions or though appointment by their State party leaders while third parties and independent candidates merely designate theirs Members of Congress and employees of the federal government are prohibited from serving as an Elector in order to maintain the balance between the legislative and the executive branches of the federal government After their caucuses and primaries the major parties nominate their candidates for president and vice president in their national conventions traditionally this is done in the summer preceding the election The names of the duly nominated candidates are then officially submitted to each States chief election official so that they might appear on the election ballot On the Tuesday following the first Monday of November in years divisible by four the people in each State cast their ballots for the party slate of Electors representing their choice for president and vice president Whichever party slate wins the most popular votes in the State becomes that States Electors-so that in effect which ever presidential ticket gets the most popular votes in a State wins
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