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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 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 ...
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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 lose the electoral college. I know this has happened before and usually by ...
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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 (I'm British). Last chance I got to look at the figures Hillary is amazingly close (<100k votes) behind Trump. But I realise that irrespective of how ...
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Why does the US need real electors and doesn't just use virtual electors?

We can simply calculate each states electorates and see who wins. It just mean the relative power of each state. There is no reason to let real people gather and vote. Why not change the amendment?
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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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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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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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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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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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What are some of the “true” swing states in the U.S 2016 election cycle?

I'm talking about ones where the margin is less then 7 points, or has swinged by more then 5 in polls within the 2012 results and polls currently in that state or is trending way too much to one party ...
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What happens in the event of a tie for a 12th amendment House vote?

Evan McMullin is running for president, hoping to be elected via the 12th amendment, which would require him to receive at least 1 EC vote, and there to not be a candidate that receives the minimum ...
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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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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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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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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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Why are California Republicans against the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact?

States allocate their electoral college votes however they want to. Some, including California, legalized NPVIC (national popular vote interstate compact). This forces the state to give all its ...
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What is the history of the electoral college in the US?

More specifically; how did the electoral college get to the point where the vote of the people who make it up is determined strictly by popular vote? Did it have anything to do with technology ...
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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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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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Are state laws restricting electors' votes constitutional?

Several states have laws that purport to restrict or punish faithless electors for their electoral votes. See Wikipedia's Faithless elector: Legal position. Michigan and Minnesota even claim 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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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 ...