It has become almost a cliché since the 2000 election to call for abolition or reform of the electoral college.
And behind by still more in the electoral college conjectures, where Nate Silver gives Obama 294 votes.
But the electoral college was Romney's Berlin Wall that it was always going to be hard to scale.
Why should anyone care where he was born if he can carry the electoral college after an open and fair election?
Lynne explained that first came the electoral college, with each state getting two votes for president.
Marvin Wait was a member of the electoral college chosen after the war, and cast his vote for Washington.
He was a member of the electoral college in 1860 and in 1864.
The electoral college shall be convocated by the President and organized within three days before the election.
How many votes is your state entitled to in the electoral college?
The eventual election of a Vice-President was left to the Senate, whenever the electoral college failed to make a choice.
The presidential electors who meet after the citizens vote for president and cast ballots for the president and vice president. Each state is granted the same number of electors as it has senators (see United States Senate) and representatives combined. These electors, rather than the public, actually elect the president and the vice president. The Founding Fathers assumed that electors would exercise discretion and not necessarily be bound by the popular vote, but the rise of political parties undermined this assumption. Electors are now pledged in advance to vote for the candidate of their party, and nearly always do so. Thus, the vote of the Electoral College is largely a formality.
Note: There have been several attempts to abolish the Electoral College. In the 2000 presidential election, the candidate with the plurality of popular votes lost the electoral vote, a situation that also occurred in the 1876 and 1888 elections.