What does the Electoral College do for the presidential election?

February 18, 2019 Off By idswater

What does the Electoral College do for the presidential election?

When citizens cast their ballots for president in the popular vote, they elect a slate of electors. Electors then cast the votes that decide who becomes president of the United States. Usually, electoral votes align with the popular vote in an election.

What role does the popular vote play in the Electoral College?

Most states require that all electoral votes go to the candidate who receives the most votes in that state. After state election officials certify the popular vote of each state, the winning slate of electors meet in the state capital and cast two ballots—one for Vice President and one for President.

How does the Electoral College work and how does it work?

The Electoral College is made up of 538 electors who cast votes to decide the President and Vice-President of the United States. When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, they will be choosing which candidate receives their state’s electors. The candidate who receives a majority of electoral votes (270) wins the Presidency.

What was the outcome of the Electoral College in 2016?

In the 2020 election, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and Wisconsin were all crucial to the overall outcome, as they were states which only marginally voted for Mr Trump in 2016, and therefore assisted him in his electoral college victory.

Why did the founders create the Electoral College?

The founders thought that the use of electors would give our country a representative president, while avoiding a corruptible national election. The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787 report that.

How are electoral votes awarded in each state?

Generally, states award all their electoral college votes to whoever won the poll of ordinary voters in the state. For example, if a candidate wins 50.1% of the vote in Texas, they are awarded all of the state’s 38 electoral votes. Alternatively, a candidate could win by a landslide and still pick up the same number of electoral votes.

What happens if no candidate wins the Electoral College?

“If no candidate receives a majority of electoral votes, the House of Representatives elects the president from the three presidential candidates who received the most electoral votes,” the National Archives explains. “Each state delegation has one vote.”

What was the result of the Electoral College?

Despite the name, it is not a college in the modern educational sense, but refers to a collegium or group of colleagues. The system had some unusual results from the start, as evident in the election of 1800, a tie in which Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr received an equal number of electoral votes.

How does a candidate win the electoral votes?

In most states, a candidate wins electoral votes by winning the most voters. So. Win a state by just one vote, and you win all of its electoral votes (unless you live in Nebraska or Maine, which divvy up their votes a little differently).

Why are electoral votes more important than popular votes?

The idea here is that a voter in a low-population state like Wyoming counts for a larger share of electoral votes than popular votes. And if one were to start with the largest states, it would be 27 percent. Here’s a look at that math: