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Rather than directly voting for the President and Vice President, United States citizens vote for electors. In many states electors are technically free to vote for anyone eligible to be President, but in practice pledge to vote for specific candidates and voters cast ballots for favored presidential and vice presidential candidates by voting for correspondingly pledged electors.
Originally posted by links234
I imagine that this has been covered numerous times on these forums and I, myself, have even authored a thread regarding the electoral college.
1) Electors are not politicians. They are bound by the laws their respective states write, i.e. 'You, as an elector, will vote as the majority of the state/district votes.'
2) There are two ways the electoral college can be handled; winner take all, by means of national or statewide votes (There are states that have adopted the idea of the winner of the national popular vote will recieve all of that states electoral votes), or winner of district popular vote, Nebraska and Maine have this system.
So, really, the idea that we don't elect anyone confuses me. When a majority of people vote for someone in a certain state the winner of the votes will get the electoral votes. This has some inherent issues, but to avoid problems with gerrymandering or doing away with the college all together we have to stick with it.