The electoral college is a system used to determine who the president and vice president of the united states will be it is made up of 538 electors, who based on the public vote, cast their areas vote for president. Taking voting-eligible population and turnout estimates from the united states elections project, i calculated the voting-eligible population per electoral vote for each state the greater the. The 2016 election made clear that the electoral college does not weigh votes from all states equally a new analysis suggests the power of your vote is closely linked to voter turnout in your state.
Election 2020 forecast 2020 electoral college map prediction november 16 2017 2020 electoral college ratings (november 2017) trump: 306(2016) + mn(10) + nh(4) + me statewide(2) = 322. Until the time comes when america drops the electoral college or there is sufficient support for the national popular vote interstate compact, all states should mirror the practice of maine and. The united states electoral college is a body of electors established by the united states constitution, constituted every four years for the sole purpose of electing the president and vice president of the united states.
Once a majority of the nation’s electoral votes rest in states that have passed npv measures, the laws go into effect and winning the popular vote becomes the only way to win. Some see the electoral college as a peculiar and mystifying institution that ensures only a few, select individuals will ever cast a direct vote for president in the united states. Here, an aide opens electoral college ballot boxes during a joint session of congress in january of 2017, to tally ballots for the president and vice president of the united states. Thanks to rhode island, the united states is closer than ever to getting rid of the electoral college recently, the state signed the national popular vote interstate compact, which, when active.
The electoral college is a unique method for indirectly electing the president of the united states it was established by article ii, section 1, clause 2 of the us constitution and modified by the 12 th and 23 rd amendments the electoral college consists of a total of 538 members, one for each u. The national popular vote movement is quietly trying to neutralize the electoral college as it currently stands in our constitution what they are doing is perfectly legal, but short-sighted and. A quick electoral college refresher: the 538 electors allocated (mainly by population) among the 50 states and the district of columbia actually choose the president and vice president, with a majority of electoral votes (ie, 270) needed for an outright win.
Presidential election maps from 1968 to 2012 listed here are the presidential election maps for each the past eleven elections spanning1968 to 2012 the maps show the breakdown of electoral college votes by state. Under the electoral college structure, smaller states have enormous political leverage wyoming has a population of 584,153 and has three electoral votes, which means that each wyoming elector. The movement to flip the electoral college against trump november 24, 2016 jill stein, who ran for president as the green party candidate, has raised $25 million to pay the filing fees needed to initiate a recount of ballots in michigan, pennsylvania, and wisconsin.
Are electoral votes winner take all yes, in all places except maine and nebraska, which each can split theirs 2-1 so are all 50 states up for grabs. The electoral college is a democratically indefensible anachronism that dilutes minority votes while disproportionately amplifying whites votes defenses of the system are almost comically. In the united states, under the electoral college a presidential candidate can focus on the top eleven states by population in these top eleven states the candidate only needs to get a majority of votes over his opponent.