Despite commonly held beliefs about the popularity of presidents, presidents are elected by the Electoral College. This uniquely American institution consists of representatives of each state who cast the final ballots that actually elect the president. The total number of electors for each state is equal to the number of senators and representatives from that state in the U.S. Congress. The District of Columbia is accorded three electoral votes bringing the total number of votes to 538. Thus, the magic number for winning the presidency is 270 votes.
Research the most recent presidential election using the Argosy University online library resources and the Internet and write a paper on the topic. Include the following in your paper:
- Identify the major issues of concern to voters and compare how each presidential candidate addressed those issues.
- Summarize information relevant to the issues and the election.
- Evaluate the validity of each candidate’s arguments.
- Cite your sources and prepare a title and reference page according to APA standards.
Write a 2–3-page paper in Word format (excluding title and reference pages). Apply APA standards for writing style to your work.
Assignment 2 Grading Criteria
Comparison of presidential candidates’ positions on issues is comprehensive and objective.
Evaluation of each candidate’s arguments is comprehensive and objective.
Statements are supported by research information and arguments.
Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.