Electoral College AP Gov – Flashcards

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Number of Electoral College Votes
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538 votes - house of representatives plus 2 senators
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Votes it takes to win
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270
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Swing States
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Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, New Hampshire
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Month Electors Vote
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January
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Who Announces Votes Winner
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Vice President (presiding the senate)
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Month of Popular Vote
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November
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No Replace Electoral College
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Always worked, preserves federalism, protects 2 party system and discourages 3rd parties, protects small states
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Yes Replace Electoral College
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Popular vote winners should never lose the election, distorts the results of presidential elections, no incentive to campaign in "safe" states, discourages voter turnout in "safe" states
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Alternate Plans
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Proportional Plan, Congressional District Plan, National Bonus Plan, Straight Nationwide Popular Vote
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Proportional Plan
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Electoral votes are divided in each state based on the proportion of the popular vote
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Proportional Plan Pros
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Increase Voter turnout, encourage third parties, candidates would want to campaign everywhere
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Proportional Plan Cons
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How do you divide electoral votes? All states would have to adopt the same system
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Congressional District Plan
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One electoral vote to the winner of the popular vote in each congressional district
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States Using Congressional District Plan
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Maine and Nebraska
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Congressional District Plan Cons
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Gerrymandering, Candidates would focus on the relatively few competitive districts
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National Bonus Plan
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Keep the current system but give the winner of the national popular vote a bonus of 102 electoral votes
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National Bonus Plan Pros
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Would encourage "losing" voters of safe states to vote, would almost guarantee that the national popular vote winner wins the election
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Direct Vote with Plurality Rule
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National popular vote winner wins the election even without a majority
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Direct Vote with Plurality Rule Pros
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Guarantees the candidate with the most votes wins the election, fits with the basic concept of democracy, simple
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electoral college
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A group selected by the states to elect the president and the vice-president, in which each state's number of electors is equal to the number of its senators and representatives in Congress.
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question
Number of Electoral College Votes
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538 votes - house of representatives plus 2 senators
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Votes it takes to win
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270
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Swing States
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Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, New Hampshire
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Month Electors Vote
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January
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Who Announces Votes Winner
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Vice President (presiding the senate)
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Month of Popular Vote
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November
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No Replace Electoral College
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Always worked, preserves federalism, protects 2 party system and discourages 3rd parties, protects small states
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Yes Replace Electoral College
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Popular vote winners should never lose the election, distorts the results of presidential elections, no incentive to campaign in "safe" states, discourages voter turnout in "safe" states
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Alternate Plans
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Proportional Plan, Congressional District Plan, National Bonus Plan, Straight Nationwide Popular Vote
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Proportional Plan
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Electoral votes are divided in each state based on the proportion of the popular vote
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Proportional Plan Pros
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Increase Voter turnout, encourage third parties, candidates would want to campaign everywhere
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Proportional Plan Cons
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How do you divide electoral votes? All states would have to adopt the same system
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Congressional District Plan
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One electoral vote to the winner of the popular vote in each congressional district
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States Using Congressional District Plan
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Maine and Nebraska
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Congressional District Plan Cons
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Gerrymandering, Candidates would focus on the relatively few competitive districts
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National Bonus Plan
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Keep the current system but give the winner of the national popular vote a bonus of 102 electoral votes
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National Bonus Plan Pros
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Would encourage "losing" voters of safe states to vote, would almost guarantee that the national popular vote winner wins the election
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Direct Vote with Plurality Rule
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National popular vote winner wins the election even without a majority
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Direct Vote with Plurality Rule Pros
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Guarantees the candidate with the most votes wins the election, fits with the basic concept of democracy, simple
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electoral college
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A group selected by the states to elect the president and the vice-president, in which each state's number of electors is equal to the number of its senators and representatives in Congress.
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