The Electoral College Explained
Today November 3rd, is your LAST DAY to vote!!!!!
2020 has been a challenging year. But we could turn the page this week.
If I told you I wasn't worried, I would be lying. With our country teetering on the edge between democracy and dictatorships, more could not be at stake.
However, understanding the Electoral College isn’t exactly straightforward. From its controversial origin to the actual voting procedures used by the Electoral College, there’s a lot of confusion and debate about it.
The Electoral College is a bizarre and outdated system that effectively disenfranchises many Americans today, making presidential elections relevant to just a fraction of U.S. states.
This week, whether the results are conclusive or not, states will not officially cast their ballots for the Electoral College until Dec. 14.
While the popular vote elects Congress members, mayors, senators, state legislatures, and local officials, one of the most confusing facts about voting in the United States remains: it does not decide the nation’s highest office. Ultimately, the big decision falls to the Electoral College. When Americans cast their ballots, they are merely voting for a slate of electors chosen by their state’s political parties who are pledged to support that party's candidate.
In reality, during an Electoral College meeting, these electors cast the deciding votes for the presidential and vice-presidential candidates. This leads to an intense emphasis on crucial battleground states.
Each state receives the same number of electors that it has members of Congress—the combined total of both House and Senate members. There are 538 electors: 535 from the 50 states and three from the District of Columbia, which is the federal capital and not a state, per the constitution. The electors then cast their vote, and the winner must receive a majority of electoral votes—270 or higher.
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Regardless of who wins the election, there could be lots of anger and violence. Please make a safety plan and stay alert. Remember to stay calm. Whatever happens we will get through it.