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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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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 ...
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Electors voting rights [duplicate]

Are electors allowed to cast a private/personal vote for candidates of their choice during Election Day on November 08 and then also as an Elector in December?
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Did the candidacy of Ross Perot swing the 1992 presidential election?

Reading the Wikipedia article on the 1992 presidential candidacy of Ross Perot, one would get the impression that it made no difference to the outcome of the election. However, after looking at the ...
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Why are electoral college votes not secret?

In the United States, the general population votes for a president with secret ballots. However, the electoral college votes aren't secret and because of that, we know which person is a "faithless ...
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When will the votes of the electoral college become public (knowledge)?

I think/understand there are three (or four) key dates here. After the votes have been counted for each state, the electors will be appointed if the results are conclusive. On December 13rd, 2016, ...
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How are US presidential electors nominated? [closed]

In a US presidential election, voters in fact select electors who later vote to select the president. I have heard that in different states, slates of electors are nominated variously by state party ...
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What happens if any of Jill Stein's recounts find evidence of major issues and it's impossible to say who won a state?

As is widely reported now, Jill Stein's campaign is requesting recounts in two states (and likely soon a third). Ideally, the recounts will closely (or exactly) match the reported totals, and the ...
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Where are the missing 16 delegates in the US presidential election? [closed]

Question 1. The total number of delegates for the US presidential election is 538, so that the majority is at 270. Now, Trump got 290 delegates while Clinton has 232: this is a total of 522. Where are ...
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Are the death threats against Trump electors unprecedented in America?

Detroit News reports: Trump’s opponents have deluged [Michael] Banerian and other GOP electors with pleas and nasty emails to reverse course and cast their ballots for Clinton, according to the ...
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A small set of questions on objections to the Electoral College vote by members of Congress

According to this website article (bold emphasis added)... In 2017, the new federal Congress convenes on January 6 for the official Electoral College vote count. The Vice President will open the ...
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What would be needed for the U.S. to abolish or reform the electoral college?

What would it take to reform the U.S. Presidential Elections such that either The President is elected by popular vote, abolishing the electoral college completely, or every state is mandated to ...
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Is there a name for this method of allocating electors? (Iterated rounding?)

Instead of eliminating the electoral college, one might shift it from a winner take all approach that most states use and mandate instead some form of proportional allocation of votes. Here is one ...
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What's the greatest number of faithless electors that the US experienced in a single US election?

What was the greatest number of faithless electors that the US experienced in voting for President in any historical election for the modern era (FDR--to present)? And how many faithless electors ...
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Unaccounted for electoral votes

All the electoral college votes trackers on the different websites are reporting that Trump has 290, and Clinton has 228. Where are the unaccounted for 20 votes? Are they all faithless electors, or ...
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What effect would the Wyoming Rule, if in place, have had on the elections since the year 2000?

From Wikipedia... The proposed Wyoming Rule calls for expanding the House until the standard Representative-to-population ratio equals that of the smallest entitled unit (currently the state of ...
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Who would have won the 2016 presidency if all states' electors were allocated proportionally?

Hypothetically, if all states were to allocate their electors proportionally to the votes in their state, who would have won the last election? That is, let's say that there was a constitutional ...
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Why Would the President-elect have a Transition Visit before December 19? [duplicate]

I understand that the President-elect is not officially elected until December 19 - why would there be a transition visit to the White House if that's the case? Isn't it technically premature?
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Electors: Are Their Identities Public Information?

Is the identity of each elector who will vote in December available to the public? Or would it be a state by state process to get their identities? (I have sent message to electoral.college@nara.gov - ...
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Would offering to pay the fine for a faithless elector be bribery?

There has been a lot of discussion lately about faithless electors and whether they are bound in certain cases or what the penalty is. There's a petition circulating which offers to pay the fine of a ...
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What is the maximum count of faithless electors Clinton can possibly get in 2016?

At the time of writing, it looks like Clinton will end up with 232 pledged electoral votes, and Trump with 306. So 37 electors would have to flip just for a tie. My understanding is that some states ...
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What's the reason not all US states have proportional electoral college vote?

Related to this question. It seems that the "winner takes all" electoral college vote in most US states heavily undervalues votes from voters in "safe states". During the recent elections several ...
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Is there any law against bribing an elector? [duplicate]

Is there any law against bribing an elector of the US Electoral College or against an elector accepting a bribe (other than the laws against violating their pledge)?
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Can states amend their constitutions to pre-determine future elections?

Consider this scenario: a state passes an amendment which automatically allocates all electoral votes to a given Party candidate for all future elections, ignoring the result of each election. Or ...
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How many other presidents have we had before with such a lack of experience? [duplicate]

So searching around on google I was trying to figure something: Has there ever been a president that has had zero political experience and zero military time. It's kind of like being elected ...
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How can Trump be President-Elect before the Electoral College vote?

In the USA, the President is elected by the Electoral College. After the United States Presidental Election, 2016, Donald Trump was referred to as President-Elect as soon as his candidacy was ...
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Can faithless electors be grounds for impeachment?

Reading comments on previous question (about faithless electors replacing VP), one sentiment expressed was that there's pretty much no way to undo anything that faithless electors do if they choose ...
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Are all popular votes counted even when one candidate has an insurmountable lead?

Much has been made of the recent election since Clinton seems to have won the "popular vote" while Trump won the vote for the electoral college. I wonder, though, if this is actually true or if we ...
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How can the US electoral college vote be so different to the popular vote?

I've seen some of the YouTube and news outlet pieces on the mechanics of how the USA's electoral college voting system works. But if electors are supposed to follow the popular vote and the popular ...
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Could Hillary Clinton become Donald Trump's Vice President?

Coming from this post: It is not unheard of that individual "faithless electors" vote different than mandated by the result in their state for whatever reason. [...] In 1836, 23 faithless ...
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Could the US President be elected by Kevin Costner?

In the 2008 movie "Swing Vote", the presidential election is essentially tied. The only state that hasn't reported in is New Mexico, because it's waiting for a single precinct, which is waiting for a ...
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How did Hillary Clinton win the popular vote but lose the election (2016)? [duplicate]

I saw on the news that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but lost the election, how does this happen? I'm not familiar with the USA presidential election system.
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Isn't the Electoral Vote made so unqualified or “Charismatic Tyrants” can not become president?

"The Founding Fathers wanted the people to have a say, there was concern that a charismatic tyrant could manipulate public opinion and come into power. Alexander Hamilton briefly addressed these ...
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Does the electoral vote count ever get reallocated between states?

Without getting too worked up over the election, does the amount of electoral votes allotted to a state ever change? Will California ever change from 55 to say 54, 56, or something else? If so, how ...