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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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What is the most someone can lose the popular vote by but still win the electoral college?

As the 2016 election results continue to come in, it looks pretty clear that Hillary Clinton will win the popular vote but will lose the electoral college. I know this has happened before and usually ...
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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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In the Electoral College, why can electors vote in contrast to their pledge ('faithless')?

The United States uses an Electoral College system, where electors pledge to cast their vote in a particular way. However, these electors have the ability to vote in a manner that directly contradicts ...
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What procedures are in place to stop a U.S. Vice President from ignoring electors?

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and President Donald Trump's defeated electors appear to be suing Vice President Mike Pence in a Federal Court in Texas. Gohmert and a handful of the electors sued Pence ...
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Which US states give proportional Presidential electoral college votes to candidates?

The US Presidential election uses an "electoral college" system, where each state gets a certain number of "electors" (votes), and those electors cast the official votes for President. Each state's ...
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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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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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Can a president win the electoral college and lose the popular vote?

Let me preface this by saying I'm not American (but I'm British so I can't be too high and mighty about voting systems -Brexit). Last chance I got to look at the popular vote figures, Hillary is ...
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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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Could faithless electors really change the USA president?

Let's say Trump wins the Nov 8 2016 election but, because some Alabama electors break their pledge, the electoral college chooses Clinton on Jan 6. It seems that those electors would then just need ...
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Would Third Party Candidates in the United States fare better under a proportional representation split of electoral votes?

One major difficulty in winning election as a third party candidate is the first-past-the-post , winner-take-all system of allocating votes in the electoral college. It tends to support a primary ...
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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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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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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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Can Trump use lawsuits to stop the electoral college from voting in order to use the House to install him as President?

Some news sources (like zeit.de, in German only, sorry) report that Trump could use a large number of lawsuits to keep the Electoral College from voting on Dec 14th. As I understand it, all legal ...
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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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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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Can state legislatures decide to appoint a different set of delegates to those determined by the vote?

I've read that legislatures can theoretically just pick whoever they like to be electoral college delegates. How true is this? If Biden wins by a tiny number of EC votes, could a Republican State ...
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Can members of the Electoral College also cast a "normal" vote?

Are members of the Electoral College allowed to vote in the general election? It would make perfect sense that they could cast a ballot like everyone else (because there's stuff on the ballot besides ...
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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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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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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 are Electoral College electors chosen for write-in votes for President?

In the United States, when people vote for president, they actually vote for the electors. For instance, the Ohio ballot says the following: "A vote for any candidates for President and Vice ...
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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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Is the result of the general election final on 8th of Nov, 2016?

I'm a little bit confused by reading about the faithless elector. If one candidate won more than 270 votes on the election day. Is there an chance when the electors come to vote in December, some of ...
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Does the Electoral College majority requirement play a role in keeping the US in a two party system?

From the 12th Amendment of the Constitution (emphasis mine) The person having the greatest Number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of ...
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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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Why was the Electoral College the system selected by the founding fathers?

What advantages did the founding fathers see in electoral college that made them pick it over other potential voting systems?
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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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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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Must the Vice President preside over the counting of the Electoral College votes?

The Vice President, being the President of the Senate, presides over the counting of the Electoral College votes during a joint session of Congress. Following the count, the VP then officially ...
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What does the December 8th deadline mean for the certification of the results of the Electoral College?

I have just read the Atlantic article which describes a possible constitutional crisis in the USA in aftermath of the current presidential election. Prevention of the election result certification in ...
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Why are they called faithless electors?

I recently read this question: Could faithless electors really change the USA president? I gather that a faithless elector is an elector who goes against the votes cast, but why are they called a ...
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Ballot rounds U.S. electoral College

Is there a requirement to send the election of the U.S. president and vice-president to the House if no candidate gets a majority on the first ballot or can the Electoral College have multiple ballots ...
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What are the advantages of the US electoral college for presidential elections over a direct vote?

In what way does this improve the representation of smaller states beyond what would be provided by a direct vote?
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Does anything prevent US state legislatures from directly selecting electors overriding the popular vote in their state?

Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 of the Constitution states "Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors". This seems to be a non-...
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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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If the Electoral Count Act is repealed, would Pence have the power to throw out states' results? [duplicate]

I have just found that another lawsuit have been filed in Texas, aimed at overturning the presidential election result and seeking for the courts to invalidate the Electoral Count Act as ...
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When the US president is declared after winning enough states for 270 electoral votes, have they definitely won? [duplicate]

Watching the counting of the recent presidential election on the US, there was a point where Joe Biden had 238 electoral votes and was leading in enough states to get to 270. If he had gotten to 270, ...
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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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Which electors are chosen in divided state?

Maybe title isn't 100% accurate. So let's say there is state X, where people have to pick 30 electors. As I know there is a rule 'winner takes all'. What happens when one of parties win in state ...
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Can an electoral college member vote twice for the same man?

In the electoral college, members vote for a president and vice president in order to get both positions. Could they just vote for the same man twice for president (thus giving up the vice presidency ...
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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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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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