The electoral college
How exactly is the president of the United States elected? In this lesson, you'll review the history of the Electoral College, including its effect on the outcome of past elections as well as how it's run today.
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You vote, but then what? Discover how your individual vote contributes to the popular vote and your state’s electoral vote in different ways--and see how votes are counted on both state and national levels. Check out the TED-Ed Original here.When the founders of the United States gathered to create the foundations of the country, they decided on three branches of government, with a president central to the executive branch. Kenneth C. Davis explains why this decision was not necessarily inevitable and what variables were up for debate.Here's a countdown to the 2016 Presidential Election and an interactive map that forcasts predictions of said election. You can even share your personal 2016 election map with others. Visit 270 to win.Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections is an invaluable resource. Be sure to check it out before the next election!In Bush v. Gore (2000), a divided Supreme Court ruled that the state of Florida's court-ordered manual recount of vote ballots in the 2000 presidential election was unconstitutional.There is a corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of Congressional candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens. That's the argument at the core of this blistering talk by legal scholar Lawrence Lessig. With rapid-fire visuals, he shows how the funding process weakens the Republic in the most fundamental way, and issues a rallying bipartisan cry that will resonate with many in the U.S. and beyond.See the original video on Disney Education Productions' website.
Think about what effects the Electoral College has on presidential campaign strategies. Ponder how strategies might change with a national popular vote system.