The U.S. Presidential Election
Are you as confused as me about how someone wins the U.S. presidential election?
With all the misinformation available on the internet and social media sites, what information is considered trustworthy?
I am hoping the information provided by the U.S. government itself, should prove to be, https://www.usa.gov/election. If you’re anything at all like me, a visual diagram would be most helpful. Thankfully, this website provided an infographic diagram of the whole process.
I believe the most confusing part of the entire process concerns the electoral college. So why vote – many seem to ask.
It does indeed count after you cast your ballot for president, but your vote goes to a statewide tally. In Washington, D.C.and 48 states, the winner gets all the electoral votes for that state, however, Maine and Nebraska assign their electors using a proportional system.
While the Electoral College consists of 538 electors, a majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President. In the posted infographic above, you’ll see the allocated number of electoral votes post for each state currently. That number was determined based on the Census. Each State is allocated a number of votes equal to the number of senators and representatives in its U.S. Congressional delegation—two votes for its senators in the U.S. Senate plus a number of votes equal to the number of its Congressional districts.
Every State, except for Maine and Nebraska, have a winner-take-all policy where the State looks only at the overall winner of the state-wide popular vote. However, Maine and Nebraska appoint individual electors based on the winner of the popular vote for each Congressional district and then 2 electors based on the winner of the overall state-wide popular vote.
Well I don’t know about you, even with the facts presented, my head is spinning! Regardless, be sure to get out there and vote, because your vote does count – at least indirectly!