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In a true democracy, the people would elect a President directly. The President of the US is elected by the Electoral College, which allocates votes to states based on a formula that gives smaller states a higher number of delegates than if purely apportioned by population. The end result is that the candidate who receives the highest number of popular votes is not necessarily elected President. The US government is not a true democracy, nor was it intended to be. It is a representative democracy, meaning that rather than vote on everything, we elect representatives to vote on our behalf.

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Which amendment was the first to change the method of electing a president?

Twelfth σ.σ (A+, Civics)


What are the 3 compromises of the great compromise?

3/5 ratio for counting slaves, representation in the legislature, and the method of electing a president.


Which method of selecting president did many of the framers initially favor?

Congress chooses the President.


Why did rival candidates become president and vice-president?

Rival candidates became president and vice-president in 1796 because of election process given in the original Constitution . At first, the presidential electors each had two votes and the runner-up was elected vice-president. This method of election was altered by the 12th amendment ratified in June 1804 in time for the 1804 election. (Of course it is not unusual for rival candidates from the same party to end up as running mates for president and vice-president.) There is another way that a President and Vice President of rival parties could be elected which, although it hasn't happened yet, is still quite possible the way our system is set up. For example, if the presidential and vice presidential elections both end up in a 269-269 tie, and the House, which would then be responsible for electing the president, and the Senate, which would have the responsibility of electing the vice president, are controlled by rival parties, odds are high that the majority party in each case would prevail. -HW


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Which was the first to change the method of electing a president?

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Which amendment was the first to change the method of electing a president?

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Changed the method of electing the president changed the starting date for congress and the president which category does this Constitutional Amendment fall?

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Why is there an indirect system for electing the president?

They use a rather curious indirect method in which the voters elect people called electors who then elect the president.


Why is the method of choosing a president fair?

There is nothing inherently unfair about the US method of electing the president, All qualified candidates have an equal chance and the system has been proven to work for over 200 years. No country has ever seen such a long procession of good leaders, and who have come from all walks of life, rich and poor.


Did state government change the method of electing the President and the starting date for Congress and the President?

Structure of the Federal GovernmentThe 12th amendmentmade an important change in the way the president and vice-president were elected. The 20th amendment moved up the starting date for a new Administration and a new Congress.


How did the election process begin in the US?

The U.S. Constitution was written so that the people elect the president. Article II, Section 1 created the Electoral College and the initial method of electing presidents. Amendment XII (1804) revised the election process of the president and vice president. Since then, we have been using that process (states' electors vote for president based on states' popular votes).


What are the 3 compromises of the great compromise?

3/5 ratio for counting slaves, representation in the legislature, and the method of electing a president.


Why was the method of selecting a president and vice president changed?

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Which amendment changed the manner of selecting senators from the state legislatures to vote of the people?

The 17th Amendment, ratified in 1913, changed the method of electing US senators.The Seventeenth Amendment


Which method of selecting the president did many of the framers initially favor?

Congress chooses the President.


Which method of selecting president did many of the framers initially favor?

Congress chooses the President.