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No, members of the electoral college are chosen by each state's political party. For example, in California, the Democrats and Republicans (and presumably other parties such as the Green and Libertarian Parties) would select 55 devoted party members to be electors. California (as most states) has a winner-take-all system, so if, say Sen. Barack Obama won the popular vote of California, the 55 chosen electors of the Democratic Party of CA would go to their state capitol, Sacramento, on the Monday after the second Wednesday of December to cast their votes. In the 2008 election, it will be Dec. 15. The electors cast separate ballots for President and VP. Under the US Constitution, electors may choose whoever they want, but 24 states have laws punishing faithless electors, or electors who chose a candidate other than their political party's for President. (If you check out, they have historical Presidential election maps, along with mentions of third party electoral vote wins and those "faithless electors

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The legislatures of the states decide how presidential electors may be chosen?


If the winner of the popular votes does not win the presidency what happens?

A person legally does not need a single popular vote to win a U.S. Presidential Election. It is up to each state to decide how it determines who gets appointed to the electoral college. For the past 150 years or so, with a few minor exceptions, every state has used the popular vote to make the determination, but if a state were to go back to having the state legislature appoint the electors, while it wouldn't be a popular move, it would be entirely within its rights. In order to win a presidential election, a person must receive votes for president from more than half of the appointed electors. However, if nobody gets that many votes, the electoral vote results matter only as far as determining from among who the House of Representatives will be electing the President.

How did the method of choosing electors change during jacksons administration?

During Jackson's administration, it was changed to: Each state would be allocated a number of electors equal to the sum of its senators and members of the House of Representatives. State legislatures would decide the methods for choosing electors.

The framers of the Constitution agreed that the president should be elected by the?

The constitution calls for the President to elected by electors from the states. It allows the state legislatures to decide how to choose its electors. Probably most of the framers expected the legislatures to elect the electors rather than holding a popular election to choose them.

What did the constitution originally say about presidential succession?

Originally, congress was to decide who was next in line for office after the Vice President. The 25th Amendment changed presidential succession to what it is today.

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The legislatures of the states decide how presidential electors may be chosen?


Who chooses the presidential electors from each state?

Each major party picks a slate of electors, and then on Election Day the voters select one of the two slates by choosing between the two serious candidates.

Do the electors vote and then they decide who gets the electoral vote for that state?

The electors in each state are elected by the popular vote in the presidential election and swear in advance to vote for the presidential candidate who wins the election in their state.

The legislature of the stares decide how presidential electore may be chose?

true or false

Since states began putting presidential candidates on the ballot electors have been chosen by what?

It is up to each state to decide how its electors are chosen. Currently, every state and the District of Columbia allow the voters to decide which candidates' electors will be appointed. 49 of the 51 governments use a winner-take-all system, where all of the state's electoral votes go to the Presidential candidate and the Vice Presidential candidate with the most popular votes. Maine and Nebraska each cast two votes for each office according to the state's popular vote, and each remaining electoral vote goes to the candidate with the highest popular vote in each congressional district.

How does the Electrol College work?

The Electoral College is made up of 538 electors who cast votes to decide the President of the United States. When the citizens of the United States vote the electors in the electoral college receive those votes and vote for the person chosen by that states people.

Did the electoral college system originally give power to people or to elected officials when a president is selected?

States were given the power to decide for themselves how their electors would be chosen. I think it was assumed that state legislatures would chose the electors . Such a procedure would give the elected officials more power.

If Obama gets more pledged delegates but Clinton wins by super delegates can you still cast your vote for Obama as a write-in candidate at the general election?

If Obama received more pledged delegates (voted for), superdelegates (appointed by the party, mostly elected officials) would feel tremendous pressure to vote similarly.Each state has different rules regarding electors and write-in votes, so it's hard to say how they would pick electors in the unlikely scenario that a write-in candidate wins. States generally require that a candidate's desired electors be chosen in advance of the election, but that clearly wouldn't happen with a write-in candidate. A few states require write-in votes to include the name of an elector as well. But generally, if a write-in candidate were to receive a plurality of the votes, it would be up to each state's legislature to sort it out. According to the US Constitution, each state legislature can decide how they apportion their electors. Early in our country's history, many states didn't have their people vote for president, instead the state legislatures voted for President (by assigning electors). But every state eventually changed to using a popular vote. If there is doubt on how to proceed, the buck stops at the state legislature, who can, in a pinch, select electors themselves. In 2000, the Florida legislature was preparing to choose electors if the popular vote wasn't finalized in time for the Electoral College deadline; the Florida legislature is controlled by Republicans, and would obviously have chosen electors pledged to Bush.With that said, the US two-party system is fairly entrenched, and a write-in campaign is generally an exercise in futility. Furthermore, Senator Obama has clearly stated that he would endorse and campaign for the Democratic nominee, so those writing him in would be going against his wishes.

What people meet after a presidential election to vote for the President?

The electors are the ones who meet and cast their vote for the presidential candidate. Although the public helps decide who the next president will be, the president is not named until the electors cast their votes for the president and vice-president in a process called the Electoral College. There are 538 electors. According to the U.S. National Records and Administration, "Your state's entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives plus two for your Senators." Washington D.C. is also allotted 3 electors. These electors are generally chosen by the presidential candidate's political party. When the public votes for their candidate, they are also voting for their electors. Most states have a "winner-take-all" system, which means that all electoral votes go toward the candidate with the most popular vote. Maine and Nebraska are the only ones who proportion the electoral votes based on the popular votes. There are few provisions about who can be an elector, except that they must not be a senator or representative, or other person who holds a government office of "Trust and Profit." While selecting electors varies from state to state, generally they are chosen by their political parties at their State party conventions. ("U.S Electoral College?") References: "Election Process." 2015. Web. 12 Dec. 2015. "Electoral College Fast Facts." History, Art and Archives. United States House of Representatives. 2015. Web. 12 Dec. 2015. "U.S. Electoral College." NARA. NARA. 2015. Web. 12 Dec. 2015.

Who votes for Alaska's electoral college?

I am not sure if this answers your questions, but here is some information you might find useful. Alaska Statutes 15.30.020, 15.30.030-15.30.100 states that: 1) each political party (must be a recognized political party in Alaska) selects their electors for President and Vice President. A certified list of electors is submitted to the State Division of Elections by September 1 in a presidential year. 2) states that any qualified voter except a US Senator or Representative or person holding an office of trust or profit under the U.S. may be selected as a candidate for elector. 3) requires a party pledge from the elector 4) states that a vote marked for President and Vice President is considered and counted as a vote for the presidential electors of the party for the presidential electors named under AS 15.30.026. In short, it is the parties who select their electors, but it is the people who decide which electors will cast their vote at the Electoral College.

How do the electors decide witch candidatet chose for the electoral vote?

they go by the electoral colledge

The 1876 Presidential election was?

The Supreme Court decide the presidential election.