One of many compromises at the Constitution Convention, the Electoral College gives the people a voice in the selection of the President.
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As part of the National Constitution Center’s Interactive Constitution project, Sanford Levinson from the University of Texas examines the Electoral College’s origins, its evolution, and reform measures related to it.
Despite a popular petition on the Change.org website about how the nation’s 538 electors should vote on December 19, there seems to be little chance of the tactic changing the recent presidential election’s outcome.
It may seem like a long shot, but the highly anticipated presidential contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump could go to overtime after Tuesday, November 8 if the candidates each have 269 votes in the Electoral College.
Recently, the Washington Post listed 36 possible Donald Trump running mates, including his daughter, Ivanka. And there has been a debate since 2008 about Bill Clinton as a VP candidate. Does the Constitution allow these scenarios?