# How are electoral votes decided?

March 6, 2019 Off By idswater

## How are electoral votes decided?

Electoral votes are allocated among the States based on the Census. Every State is allocated a number of votes equal to the number of senators and representatives in its U.S. Congressional delegation—two votes for its senators in the U.S. Senate plus a number of votes equal to the number of its Congressional districts.

## Does the number of Electoral College votes change?

There are a total of 538 electoral votes, and the number of votes each state receives is proportional to its size — the bigger the state’s population the more “votes” it gets. For California, this means we get 55 votes (2 senators and 53 members of the House of Representatives) — the most of any state.

## What happens if there is no winner in a presidential election?

A candidate must receive an absolute majority of electoral votes (currently 270) to win the presidency or the vice presidency. If no candidate receives a majority in the election for president or vice president, that election is determined via a contingency procedure established by the 12th Amendment.

## What happens if neither candidate gets majority of electoral votes?

“If neither candidate gets a majority of the 538 electoral votes, the election for President is decided in the House of Representatives, with each state delegation having one vote. A majority of states (26) is needed to win.

## How many electoral votes do you need to win Presidency?

A majority of states (26) is needed to win. Senators would elect the Vice-President, with each Senator having a vote. A majority of Senators (51) is needed to win,” the website states. The situation would likely favor Trump, experts say.

## How is the vice president chosen in the Electoral College?

A slightly smaller pool of candidates would be available for the role of vice president. “The Senate would elect the Vice President from the 2 Vice Presidential candidates with the most electoral votes. Each senator would cast one vote for Vice President,” according to the National Archives.

## What happens if the House of Representatives fails to elect a president?

“If the House of Representatives fails to elect a president by Inauguration Day, the vice-president elect serves as acting president until the deadlock is resolved in the House,” the National Archives explains. A slightly smaller pool of candidates would be available for the role of vice president.

“If neither candidate gets a majority of the 538 electoral votes, the election for President is decided in the House of Representatives, with each state delegation having one vote. A majority of states (26) is needed to win.

## How many votes do you need to be elected president?

With 538 Electors, a candidate must receive at least 270 votes to be elected to the office of President or Vice President. Should no presidential candidate receive an absolute majority, the House of Representatives determines who the next President will be. Each state may cast one vote and an absolute majority is needed to win.

## How are the electors chosen in each state?

Voters in each state actually cast a vote for a block of electors who are pledged to vote for a particular candidate. These electors, in turn, vote for the presidential candidate. The number of electors for each state equals its Congressional representation.

## When do the electoral votes have to be counted?

This takes place on January 6, unless that date falls on a Sunday. In that case, the votes are counted on the next day. An absolute majority is necessary to prevail in the presidential and the vice presidential elections, that is, half the total plus one electoral votes are required.