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Does the Electoral College system really favor low population areas?

Yes it does, but there's a specific reason for it. It's important from a historical context to understand that the framers of the Constitution had 3 major concerns in mind when they created the ...
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What is the most someone can lose the popular vote by but still win the electoral college?

I don't know the exact number but, as a proportion of the votes cast, it's essentially 100%. Here's how to calculate it. Find the set of states with the largest population of possible voters but no ...
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What is the most someone can lose the popular vote by but still win the electoral college?

CGP Grey has done the math in November 2011. In the extreme case, assuming a constant turnout across all 50 states (and with the electoral votes distributed as in 2011)*, it could take only 22% of ...
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What is the most someone can lose the popular vote by but still win the electoral college?

I've recalculated the data for the Electoral College stats as of 2016, taken from Wikipedia. The result is 22%, full explanation below. You only need 270 Electoral Votes to become President. This can ...
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Can a president win the electoral college and lose the popular vote?

There sure have been a few instances of this occurring. 2000 Election This's the one that many people still remember. Gore won the popular vote by 0.51% while Bush won the electoral college. The ...
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Who would become the US President if a fictional character like Cthulhu is elected?

Ignoring the absurdity of Cthulhu or any other fictional character winning the Presidential General Election, the premise as stated can't happen. Not all States accept write-in ballots. In fact, ...
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Why were there only 531 electoral votes in the US Presidential Election 2016?

This is due to so-called faithless electors. Seven electors voted for a candidate other than the one they pledged to vote for. Three voted for Colin Powell, one for John Kasich, one for Ron Paul, one ...
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What is the most someone can lose the popular vote by but still win the electoral college?

84,572 votes Assuming you're a third party longshot candidate and there are no other longshot candidates. You only need to win one state to get elected. The easiest state to win in terms of votes is ...
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Must the Vice President preside over the counting of the Electoral College votes?

The President Pro Tempore of the Senate can do it. In 1969, Vice President Hubert Humphrey did not participate in the count of the electoral college votes. The President Pro Tempore of the Senate took ...
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What if there is no Presidential winner on Jan 20?

First, the mandate to Donald Trump, granted in November, 2016 ends at Noon January 20, 2021. No need for him to do anything. The Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution deals with the situation where ...
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What is the Legal Process if Electoral Certificates are Damaged?

Stealing those papers (from Congress' session) would not change the legality of their recording with the Archivist according to the Electoral Count Act (3 U.S. Code § 6)... which by the way says that ...
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Why Would the President-elect have a Transition Visit before December 19?

More planning time and coordination is always better than less. Since the results are not in dispute, there's nothing that would bar or block the current president from getting together and planning ...
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Does the Electoral College system really favor low population areas?

Is the electoral college intended to give smaller states more influence? It wouldn't seem unusual to me if it was designed so that each state has a certain amount of influence regardless of population ...
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Why continue counting/certifying electors after one candidate has secured a majority?

One of the reasons why all votes are counted is that the votes still have to be recorded in the Journals of both Houses of Congress. The Vice President "opens the envelopes" for the votes to ...
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Do Presidential Campaigns often visit non-competitive states in the days right before the election?

Campaigns have their own internal polling and it can show different results than public polling. In 2016 the Trump campaign polling was far more accurate than many publicly available polls. Pulling ...
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Would D.C. statehood prevent a tie in the Electoral College?

No. Even if the change resulted in there being an odd number of total electoral votes, if a third candidate gets an odd number of electors, then a tie remains possible.
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How can the US electoral college vote be so different to the popular vote?

The electors are supposed to follow the popular vote within their state. In other words, whichever party "won" the state gets all of the electoral college votes. They don't follow the national popular ...
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Who would have won the 2016 presidency if all states' electors were allocated proportionally?

I calculated the vote allocation using the Webster/Sainte-Laguë method (based on results as of November 9, 2016) applied to each individual state: Clinton 263 Trump 262 Johnson 10 Stein 2 ...
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Must the Vice President preside over the counting of the Electoral College votes?

Well, the Constitution says (Article II, Section 1) The President of the Senate shall, in the Presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the Certificates, and the Votes shall then ...
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What happens if the Vice-President were to die before presiding over the official electoral college vote count?

As you've mentioned, the 12th amendment to the Constitution, enshrined in statute in 3 U.S.C. §15 grants the role of presiding over the counting of the electoral votes in Congress to the President of ...
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How can Trump be President-Elect before the Electoral College vote?

I looked at the Wikipedia entry on the term, where they state this in the opening sentences: President-elect of the United States is the title used for an incoming president of the United States ...
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How many people would it take for California to run the country?

California needs around 200 million people to control the presidency. The Math There are 538 Electoral College votes and a candidate needs to get 270 votes to win. California gets 2 Electoral ...
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How do electoral college votes work with Indian reservations?

Native Americans (like everyone else) register to vote in the state they are physically based in -- if they can provide an address, which can be difficult. Voter registration rules differ between ...
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Why continue counting/certifying electors after one candidate has secured a majority?

The counting of electoral votes in Congress is a ceremonial institution, like so many other things in political and social life. There's no practical reason why Presidents, Congresspeople, and other ...
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Is it possible for someone to win the presidency due to faithless electors?

Yes. According to the 12th Amendment of the US Constitution The Electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be ...
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Are Running Mates Constitutional (US President/VP)

The electors voting on separate ballots for President and Vice President is actually what happens when the they meet in their state capitals on the Monday after the second Wednesday in December. They ...
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Can faithless electors be grounds for impeachment?

The exact text of Article II, Section 4 is: The President, Vice President, and all civil Officers of the United States shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and conviction of, Treason, ...
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Who would have won the 2016 presidency if all states' electors were allocated proportionally?

Okay, I have made some excel computations. Giving each candidates a number of delegates proportional to its share of the vote in the state, without rounding (I know, if we're talking of living human ...
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