Representation In The Electoral College

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The Electoral College is a compromise reached on September 4, 1787 at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Henry). The President of the United States is not chosen based on the popular vote by the people, rather through a process called the Electoral College. Early in our nation’s history, how a President would be elected was still in question. The founding fathers were intent on devising a legitimate system of election for the people by the people. Consisting of 538 electors, a majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect a President (NARA). Representation in the college is directly proportionate to the number of Congressional members your state has, one for each Senator and Representative. When a citizen casts

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