Presidents of the United States are not elected by popular vote, but rather by the states of the Union. Each state selects individuals designated as "electors," who then vote on the next President. These electors constitute the "Electoral College."
All fifty states now allow the people to elect the electors. What this means is that individual citizen voters are not casting their ballots directly for the candidate of their choice. Instead, they are voting to select electors committed to their candidate.
If you're confused about what the Electoral College is, let the folks at SchoolHouse Rock explain it to you...
The Electoral College was originally designed to empower the states and to guard against "mob rule." Many critics today are asking if it has outlived its time.
Historian H.W. Brands says that it has. Brands calls the Electoral College "anachronistic" and argues that it's time for it to go.
Political commentator and scholar Larry Sabato takes a more moderate tack. He says we should MEND the Electoral College and not end it.
What do YOU think?