The Electoral College

The Electoral College

by Michael Burgan
     
 

After winning its independence from Great Britain, the United States worked to build a new government. Three separate branches were developed to balance the power: legislative, judicial, and executive. After a few failed attempts to establish a process to elect an executive leader, or president, the Electoral College system was created. In this system, each state… See more details below

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After winning its independence from Great Britain, the United States worked to build a new government. Three separate branches were developed to balance the power: legislative, judicial, and executive. After a few failed attempts to establish a process to elect an executive leader, or president, the Electoral College system was created. In this system, each state is given a number of votes according to its number of senators and representatives. While the debate continues on the effectiveness of the Electoral College, the system has been used for more than 200 years.

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Children's Literature - Joella Peterson
Burgan begins the book with a question: "On November 7, 2000, more than 100 million Americans voted for a new U.S. president…Gore had almost 540,000 more than Bush. Yet, Bush was sworn in as the 43rd president of the United States. What caused Gore to lose the election?" This book explores the history of the Electoral College and why it was set up in the first place. When the Electoral College was created in the Constitutional Convention, "delegates wondered if voters could learn enough about presidential candidates to choose one wisely. Other delegates feared the largest states would control the process for selecting presidents…Since the delegates could not agree on the process of electing a president, a new system was needed." Thus began the Electoral College. Burgan explains what the Electoral College does, how it does it, and the question of whether it still should be used—since history now shows that popular vote does not always equal the election of a new president. This is a nice source for those interested in politics or the Electoral College in general. The Electoral College is part of the "We the People" series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756524555
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
990L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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