Electoral College Governing Rules Explained

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The day after Donald Trump won the election to become the President of the United States there was an outcry heard across the country that the Electoral College should no longer exist. On Nov. 9, 2016, protests erupted and demand for recounts began.

Trump won the Electoral College votes by a slight margin, 290 of 538; the minimum needed to win is 270. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 2.83 million, according to US Weekly on Dec. 11.

What Is the Electoral College?

The authors of the documents founding the country included the process for electing the president. The “Federalist,” also known as the “Federalist Papers,” is a series of 85 essays published in New York newspapers between Oct. 1787 and May 1788. Although the authors were anonymous and the pen name Publius was used, the actual writers were James Madison, John Jay, and Alexander Hamilton.

The purpose of the “Federalist Papers” was to notify the people of the political process set aside in the United States Constitution. Essays 68 and 69, written by Hamilton, cover the manner set up for electing the United States president and the character required to hold the position.

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By Cathy Milne

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