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US presidential electors explain the Electoral College

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US presidential electors explain the Electoral College by Kenyans247(1): Tue 15, December, 2020 09:25am
Al Jazeera speaks to Biden and Trump electors before Monday’s Electoral College vote. The Electoral College, the United States’ quirky and sometimes controversial method for electing its presidents, is set to formally cast its ballots across the country on Monday.

President Donald Trump’s unprecedented efforts to overturn the election results have attempted to cast doubt and confusion on the system as a whole. Despite Trump’s actions, the Electoral College system has guided presidential elections since the US’s first election in 1789. “We need it. There is a good reason it’s there and without it one or two states would always select the president because of their high population,” said Nelson Diaz, a Florida elector and active member of the Republican Party for the last two decades.

Role of the Electoral College
On Monday, the 538 electors will meet in their respective state capitals to take part in the Electoral College process set out in the Constitution. President-elect Joe Biden is expected to win 306 electoral votes to President Trump’s 232. Two hundred seventy votes are needed to win the election.

Jonathan Fletcher, chairman of the Gaston County Republican Party in North Carolina, has been actively involved with the Republican Party since he began working as a volunteer at the age of 12. Serving as a Trump elector – Trump won North Carolina’s popular vote on Election Day and, therefore, won the state’s 15 electoral votes – has been a lifelong dream for Fletcher, and he sees the Electoral College as a fundamental part of the US political system. “I believe the Electoral College is one of the most important pieces in the framework of our Constitutional Republic. Contrary to popular belief, we are not a democracy where the people directly elect all of their leaders or directly vote on policy. Blake Mazurek, an eighth grade US history public school teacher and Michigan elector, has always been politically active, but after the 2016 election, he canvassed thousands of doors, volunteered on campaigns, and participated in various governance committees, which led to his unanimous election as an elector at the Democratic Party’s state convention in August of this year.

Mazurek also acknowledges the importance of the Electoral College dating back to the country’s founding – it was built as a compromise to balance the power between the federal government and states, while also ensuring proper representation. However, he believes that “we, as a nation, need to re-examine the usefulness of this institution”.

“Twice in my lifetime, in 2000 and 2016, the candidate who received a majority of our nation’s citizen vote, lost the presidency. Should we have a system that ignores the will of the people?” Mazurek asked.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/12/who-are-the-us-presidential-electors

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