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In the United States, the President is not elected directly by popular vote, but by electors chosen by each state, which can sometimes produce a different outcome from the popular vote. Use with the [united-states] tag

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Where does the US Electoral College physically meet?

From what I understand, electors gather in special meetings at the Statehouses of each relevant State. Is this correct? What is the actual physical process for the College being convened and voting?
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Understanding the electoral college [duplicate]

I understand that the electoral college makes the race more fair by allowing people in small states to have more of a voice. But, doesn't it take away the voice of people in large states? Right now, ...
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What if there is no Presidential winner on Jan 20?

In the year 2000, the state of Florida was in the process of various recounts when Bush v Gore put an end to the process on Dec 12, 2000, which allowed George W. Bush to become the 43th President ...
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Has any US state legislature ever disregarded the outcome of a presidential election in that state to appoint all electors of a losing party?

Article 2 of the constitution has a clause saying: Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and ...
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How do electoral college votes work with Indian reservations?

As far as I know, citizens from Indian reservations can vote for president, but every-time we see discussions about Presidential elections, votes are assigned by the electoral college per state. How ...
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In the event of a Presidential candidate's death after the printing of ballots, would the Electors of certain states be able to vote at all?

In several states, Electors can be disqualified for refusing to vote for the candidate who received the most votes. One such example is Arizona (the first one alphabetically with such a requirement), ...
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If a state's popular vote is tied, who gets the Electoral votes?

Most states use a winner-takes-all approach for Electoral votes. What if a state's popular vote is tied? For example, Florida in 2000 was extremely close. Bush received 2,912,790 votes and Gore ...
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What happens if US presidential electors die or are otherwise incapacitated between being elected and casting their own votes?

On 2020-11-03, voters in U.S. states and the District of Columbia will vote for members of the electoral college (this is often called the Presidential Election). On 2020-12-14, those members will ...
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When was the last time the US electoral college chose a president other than the person recognized as winner at election time?

The Electoral College is elected on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November (United States presidential election - Wikipedia). The President is then chosen by the Electoral College no ...
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With DC statehood, what is the proposal for not giving 3 electoral votes to the president and his family? [closed]

Recently a bill passed the House, which would give statehood to DC, except for a few core areas including the White House. This would mean that the president and his family would control three ...
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How many electoral college votes would the District of Columbia be entitled to if the least populous state cap did not apply?

How many electoral college votes would the District of Columbia be entitled to if the least-populous-state-cap did not apply? What process is used to determine this alternate maximum value? The 23rd ...
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Would D.C. statehood prevent a tie in the Electoral College?

Let's say there is a Constitutional amendment passed that makes the District of Columbia a state. Would this prevent the Electoral College vote from resulting in a tie?
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What was the tipping point state in the 2018 House elections? [closed]

If there were a Presidential election in 2018, and everyone voted for the same party for the Presidency as they did for the House, what state would provide the 270th electoral vote for the winning ...
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How could a constitutional amendment be passed granting Guam one electoral vote?

I was thinking about Guam. What would happen if Guam were not made into a state but given one vote in the Electoral College? A purpose of this is to give Guam a say in the political process nationally....
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Is an arrangement like the US Electoral College that unusual? In the sense of intentionally granting extra representation to smaller groups of voters?

The US Electoral College is getting a fair bit of criticism for letting the US Presidency be decided, recurrently, with less than 50% for the winner. However, it seems to me that at least some other ...
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Did 2016 set a record for the number of electoral votes in jurisdictions voting more Republican than the national average?

In 2016, 320 electoral votes belonged to states (and Maine's 2nd congressional district) that voted more Republican than the national average. That is all the states Trump won and ME-2 plus Minnesota ...
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Who actually has the authority to nominate electors for a presidential candidate?

I know the parties typically select electors on a state by state basis. However, who has the actual legal authority to select electors? For example, could the candidate over-rule their party if they ...
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What is the name for a graph showing the estimated electoral vote share based on polling over time?

I'm looking for the right words to use to find a trend graph that shows how the US electoral vote count would look over time. "If the election were held today" kind of thing. This isn't ...
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What if the Electoral College ties and no candidate gets a majority in the House or Senate?

I was thinking about a scenario that looks like this: Clinton wins all states she won in real life, plus Michigan and Pennsylvania. She gets 1% more votes than she really did. McMullin wins Utah. ...
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What happens if not all the votes are counted by the Electoral College's meeting?

I am curious about the pandemic and voting. I want to know about what if there are multiple states are unable to certify their election results in time. Would this mean that the Electoral College is &...
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Does National Popular Vote Interstate Compact make allowances for states to leave after joining?

My understanding of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is that, once 270 electoral votes worth of states pass the law, all of the joining states will appoint electors pledged to casting ...
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What effect does the recent SCOTUS decision on faithless electors have on the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact?

What effect, if any, does the recent SCOTUS decision on faithless electors have on the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact? This compact requires the electors from the states signed into the ...
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What are “Faithless Electors” in the US Electoral College?

Regarding the Supreme Court's decision to curb ‘Faithless Electors’, I began researching how exactly the Electoral College works. Then I read this NY Times article on how the Electoral College works, ...
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Was the Democratic vote less efficient in 2018 than in 2016?

In 2016, Donald Trump won the election despite losing the popular vote by about 3 million votes. This is because the Republican vote was distributed efficiently in the Electoral College. The map ...
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How much margin does a U.S. Democratic President need? [duplicate]

In the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election, Gore won the popular vote by 0.5% and lost the Electoral College vote. In the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election, Obama won the popular vote by 7% and won the ...
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Why don't the Democrats use the national popular vote for their presidential primaries?

I've heard that abolishing the electoral college is so popular with Democratic politicians and Democratic voters. I know the electoral college is different from how the Democrats choose their ...
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Could an American presidential election be overturned by state legislatures?

If a political party (Party A) has a nominee that Party B does not like and Party A’s candidate wins by a relatively small electoral margin (318 to 220), can party B appoint sham electors to vote for ...
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Does the NPVIC only take effect once enough states sign for it to have legal force?

15 state legislatures plus the District of Columbia have passed legislation enacting the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, as described on Wikipedia. However, this represents only 72.6% of the ...
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How hard would it be for Trump to win more electoral votes than last time if he lost the popular vote by 5.5 million? [closed]

Trump won the US presidency by winning the popular vote in the right states (like all other presidents), not the national popular vote. Unlike most presidents, he lost the popular vote, and won ...
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How likely is it for a Democrat to win the Presidency if he/she gets 52.8% of the (popular) vote? [closed]

In 2024, I am projecting the Democrat to win approximately 52.8% of the popular vote. However, I’m not sure about the Electoral College. If that number is true, I expect it to be concentrated in urban ...
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Do Virginia Democrats support the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact?

Virginia is not currently a member of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. The NPVIC is very popular with Democratic voters (a 2018 Pew Research Center Poll showed 75% of Democrats support ...
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Does the electoral college (or a similar system) apply to US governor elections?

I'm following the live results of the Kentucky and Mississippi elections for governor etc, and I notice that while the Republican nominee has won the majority of the precincts, what they're reporting ...
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How could a third party candidate with electoral votes decide the choice of president?

In the 1968 Washington Post story announcing Nixon as the winner of the 1968 presidential election, the author made a peculiar point: Nixon’s Illinois victory, which emerged more than 15 hours ...
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Can electors in US make complex “vows”?

I am just wondering can electors in US make complex vows. Even though the aggregate national popular vote is calculated by state officials, media organizations, and the Federal Election ...
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How does a person go about becoming a member of the Electoral College?

According to the US Constitution, Article II, Section 1, Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators ...
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If Congress discards a state's electoral votes, does it change the number needed for a majority?

According to the 12th Amendment, a majority of "whole number of Electors appointed" is needed to elect a US President or Vice President, or else it's thrown into a contingent election by the House (...
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What would the process look like for adopting Ranked Choice (in particular, instant-runoff) Voting in the US?

I'm not asking to discuss whether Ranked Choice is a good system, or the particulars of how it would be implemented with regards to our electoral college system, or even whether people would choose ...
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What happens if the state delegations tie on a presidential vote?

If no candidate gets a majority of electoral votes in the United States, states each get one vote for who becomes president. What happens if 25 states vote for the Democrat and 25 vote for the ...
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Who would become the US President if a fictional character like Cthulhu is elected?

In the year 20XX, Cthulhu is "elected" President of United States. Namely, by "elected", I mean that enough people in the right patterns and places vote for Cthulhu[1] that 270+ electoral votes by ...
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How does the electoral college give smaller states more of a voice? [duplicate]

I am currently very against the electoral college and don’t see why it’s necessary, but I like to research and know the arguments for both sides of an issue before I form an opinion. The most popular ...
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Does the Electoral College system really favor low population areas?

I was reading some questions on this site, and I stumbled up this comment. I'll transcribe the relevant parts of it here in case it ever goes away: You could throw in something about how Hillary ...
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Prior to the 2000 election, were there any predictions that Gore would win the electoral but lose the popular vote

I seem to remember such predictions, though obviously they are lost in the noise of the reverse situation that actually happened. But Does anyone have links to any notable predictions/analysis/...
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How can citizens learn more about the origin & current process of gerrymandering in the U.S. political system?

I'm looking for educational resources that I can share with others in an effort to engage more citizens in how our election system actually works. Why does gerrymandering exist, and how does it ...
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Is there investigation into foreign influence on the 2016 electoral college?

My understanding is Hillary won the popular vote by around 2.8 million votes. She lost the Electoral vote.The American people wanted Hillary for President it appears..but the Electoral College voted ...
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Can faulty election results unseat a sitting US President? [duplicate]

Though there are significant real-world scenarios to consider, let's keep this question hypothetical. The situation: a US presidential election is held, votes are tallied, a winner is announced, the ...
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What is the difference between Electoral College and Electoral District?

I've been writing a paper about Gerrymandering, but whilst reading about Electoral Districts, I started to wonder. Isn't it the same as the electoral Colleges?
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Would abolishing the electoral college mean extremist voters play more of a role in the election?

If the US presidential election abolishes the electoral college, would this mean that extremist voters (someone who fanatically supports a specific political direction and will vote whoever supports ...
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Number of winning coalitions of state in the electoral college

Define a coalition as a subset of the set of the 51 states (counting DC as a state) that make the USA. Define a coalition as winning if the total number of electoral votes of the state in that ...
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If the US Presidential Election was based on popular votes, what strategies would be most effective to win? [closed]

There's been a lot of debate lately about popular vote vs. electoral college. One of the major arguments in favor of the electoral college is that it prevents a candidate from simply pandering to, and ...
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How many people would it take for California to run the country?

Every ten years, the census reapportions Congressional representation. There are 385 seats in the House that are "up for grabs" based on each state's population. Since a majority in the House is 218 ...