What Procurement Can Learn from the Electoral College
History of the Electoral College
Today, American voters actually vote for presidential electors who in turn vote for a presidential candidate. Each state has a specific number of electors as declared by the Constitution.
A presidential candidate must receive 270 votes out of the 538 possible electoral votes to become president. If no candidate receives 270 votes, the House of Representatives elects the president and the Senate elects the Vice President.
While this is our recognized system today, the electoral college has actually evolved through time.
The Beginning of the Electoral College
The Constitutional Convention of 1787 debated between methods of electing the President. Methods varied from selection by Congress, governors of the sates, state legislatures, special members of Congress chosen by lot, or by popular vote.
Here is where the first electoral college system was formed.
The electoral college seemed to be the best option for reconciling states’ differing needs, incorporating popular vote, maintaining the balance of powers, and protecting the election from manipulation.
As the Nation grew and evolved, so did the election process. Some question if we should change the electoral college today. The original plan for the electoral college was created as a basic outline and we have grown and developed based on that foundation.
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