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Electoral College Modification Could Boost Republican Party

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By    |   Monday, 07 December 2020 10:29 AM

The Electoral College has been a controversial topic in light of presidents taking office after losing the popular vote. But while many want to eradicate it, approximately 700 proposals that attempted to modify and even abolish the legally mandated method used to elect the president have failed. But even if the Electoral College withstands yet another attempt to eradicate it, a proposal to award a state’s electoral votes to the candidate who wins the national popular vote is gaining traction – and experts say it could boost the Republican party.

Laid out by the framers of the U.S. Constitution, the Electoral College requires states to appoint electors equal to the number of congressional lawmakers the state is entitled to. Those electors are responsible for awarding the state’s electoral votes to a presidential candidate. Nearly all states have enacted “winner-take-all” laws, which award all of a state’s electoral votes to the candidate receiving the most popular votes in each state. To clinch the presidency, a candidate must secure 270 electoral votes.

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The Electoral College has been a controversial topic in light of presidents taking office after losing the popular vote. But while many want to eradicate it, approximately 700 proposals that attempted...
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