Does the Electoral College have to vote for the winner of the popular vote?

March 27, 2019 Off By idswater

Does the Electoral College have to vote for the winner of the popular vote?

There is no Constitutional provision or Federal law that requires electors to vote according to the results of the popular vote in their States. Some States, however, require electors to cast their votes according to the popular vote.

Can a candidate win the Electoral College without winning the popular vote?

However, it is possible to win the presidency without winning the popular vote. The most recent case occurred in the 2000 presidential election when President Bush won the Electoral College vote—271 to 266—after losing the popular vote to then Vice President Al Gore.

Who was more popular in Electoral College Cleveland or Harrison?

Harrison, whose campaign was better organized, was able to capture Indiana, his home state, even though it had gone to Cleveland in the previous election. Cleveland captured nearly 91,000 more popular votes, but lost the electoral college to Harrison with a vote of 168 to 233.

Who was the only president to win more electoral votes than his opponent?

The election is also the only race in American history which the victor initially won both fewer electoral votes and fewer popular votes than his opponent. Tilden won 184 electoral votes — one shy of the number needed to win — to Hayes’ 165 votes. However, the election was riddled with voter fraud and suppression in the post-Civil War south.

Who are the faithless electors in the Electoral College?

A faithless elector is a member of the Electoral College who does not vote for the presidential or vice-presidential candidate for whom they had pledged to vote. i.e., they vote for another candidate or fail to vote.

What was the outcome of the Electoral College in 2016?

There have been other elections in recent decades where the winner of the electoral college would have been different if fewer than 60,000 voters had switched sides (see chart). In 2016, Hillary Clinton fell short of victory by 38 EVs. The closest battleground states that would have given her those EVs were Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Harrison, whose campaign was better organized, was able to capture Indiana, his home state, even though it had gone to Cleveland in the previous election. Cleveland captured nearly 91,000 more popular votes, but lost the electoral college to Harrison with a vote of 168 to 233.

The election is also the only race in American history which the victor initially won both fewer electoral votes and fewer popular votes than his opponent. Tilden won 184 electoral votes — one shy of the number needed to win — to Hayes’ 165 votes. However, the election was riddled with voter fraud and suppression in the post-Civil War south.

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.

What are the Electoral College results for Maine?

Biden-Harris won in the First Congressional District and took the state; Trump-Pence won the Second Congressional District. Maine’s electoral votes were proportionally awarded accordingly: for President, Biden 3 and Trump 1; for Vice President, Harris 3 and Pence 1. **Nebraska appoints its electors proportionally.