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What Is The Electoral College and How It Works? The Electoral College is one of the most perplexing features of the US political system. There have been many presidential candidates who won the popular vote, but lost the election because of fewer electoral votes. The concept of electoral vote is a big mystery for voters (especially young voters). Electoral College process can be defined as- “The Electoral College is the institution which elects the Vice President and President of the United States every 4 years. The Vice President and President are not elected directly by the voters. The electors elect the Vice President and President on the ground of popular vote on a state by state basis.”
The Electoral College is a complicated process of US Presidential elections which was applied by the framers of the US Constitution as a compromise for the Presidential Election Procedure. It was established in Article II of the Constitution and in 1804 it got amended by the 12th Amendment. In this system, the number of electors in every state is equal to its number of members in the US House of Representatives and one for each of its two US Senators. 538 Electors= 435 Representatives + 100 Senators + 3 electors given to the District of Columbia. The Electoral College institution is comprised of 538 electors who cast votes and elect the Vice President and President for the country.
How does the Electoral College work?
Every 4 years, millions of US citizens go to the polling booths to select a candidate for Vice-President and President. They vote for candidate who receives the electors of their state. Then the candidate who receives the maximum of electoral votes wins the Presidency. In all but 2 states have “winner take all” system, where the candidate who wins the maximum votes in a state, wins the electoral votes of the state. However, Maine and Nebraska are two states having “proportional representation” system. It means in these two states top vote-winner gets two electoral votes while the remaining electoral votes are assigned to congressional district by congressional district. This rule facilitates both candidates to receive electoral votes from Maine and Nebraska.