Typically, the electoral college meets and does its thing a month or so after the election, and few people even notice or care once in a while, though, people do notice and do care — a lot. The popular vote is the number of individuals who voted for a candidate the electoral vote refers to the 538 representatives in the electoral college that ultimately determ ine the outcome of. What about candidates winning the electoral college vote but losing the popular vote, as occurred with trump and clinton plus the past elections of 1824, 1876, 1888, and 2000.
All other features of the electoral college remained the same including the requirements that, in order to prevent electors from voting only for favorite sons, either the presidential or vice presidential candidate has to be from a state other than that of the electors. So, creating the electoral college became the compromise between those who favored a popular vote and those who favored allowing congress to determine the president furthermore, instituting the electoral college addressed one additional concern—the need to provide equity between states with large and small populations. The official us electoral college web site, providing current presidential election state electors timeline and roles and responsibilities, laws and requirements, and vote distribution use the electoral college calculator to predict who will win the next presidential election.
The electoral college is an abomination it's long past time we abolished it the electoral college was a dumb idea when it was first proposed today, it's the constitution's most egregious. Have a group of your friends assume roles of fictitious and/or actual people (voting citizens, academics, policy makers, organizational representatives, advocates, historical figures who created the electoral college, among others) on both sides of the question of whether the electoral college should be replaced with direct election of the president. The last time a popular-vote loser won the presidency in the electoral college was, of course, in 2000, when george w bush edged out al gore 271-266 despite gore winning some 537,000 more popular votes nationwide. Right now, there's a well-organized, below-the-radar effort to render the electoral college effectively useless it's called the national popular vote, and it would turn our presidential elections. In some cases, candidates died between election day and the electoral college voting date, forcing electors to pick another candidate or not vote in other cases, electors switched votes for various reasons.
Origins of the electoral college between the election of the president by a vote in congress and the election of the president by a popular vote the electoral college is made up of electors. Clinton won 232 electoral college votes to trump's 306 many of her supporters have insisted she was the true choice of the american people because nationally she accumulated nearly 3 million. One sees that even for an extremely low voter turnout (30%), at this point hillary clinton can expect to win the electoral college by a margin of 61078% to 7107013%, or 328 to 382 electoral college votes therefore, what seems like a relatively small lead in the popular vote (61%) translates. The electoral college is the same as the popular vote, except that it is distorted in random ways it is true that some of the founding fathers, notably hamilton, did not trust the common people and wanted a wealth requirement for voting. The primary difference between the popular vote and the electoral college is that one represents the actual votes received by a candidate and the other represents the votes cast by a state how a state casts its electoral votes is directly influenced by the popular vote each state is awarded a.
The direct consequence of using an electoral college and a winner-take-all basis in most states is that a presidential candidate can be elected to the office without winning the popular vote, as it happened in the previous four occasions, more recently in 2000 when george w bush defeated al gore. Prior to 2016, splits between the popular vote and the electoral college have occurred three times in addition to this, a candidate in 1824 won the election while losing both the popular vote and the electoral college vote the cause of the split in 2016 was threefold: large vote totals for clinton. For a discussion of the discrepancy that typically exists between popular vote totals and electoral college vote totals, see id at 9-15 hardaway, supra note 45, at 125-28 49.
Since it is the electoral vote, not the popular vote, that actually elects the president, keeping track of it is crucial for people who want to know how the campaign is going this website is designed to make it easy to track the electoral vote. But that is less a product of the electoral college and more a product of the way states apportion electors in every state but maine and nebraska, electors are awarded on a winner-take-all basis. One organization, national popular vote, has worked toward eliminating the electoral college through an amendment to the constitution or a state compact national popular vote argues that the. As well, the lesson provides opportunities for students to analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and discuss the election of the president through the electoral college versus the popular vote and assess the impact of the electoral college process.
The electoral college gives disproportionate voting power to states, favoring the smaller states with more electoral votes per person for instance, each individual vote in wyoming counts nearly four times as much in the electoral college as each individual vote in texas. Though uncommon, it is possible to win the electoral college, but lose the popular vote that means that a candidate can win a combination of states and reach the 270 electors mark without winning the majority of votes across the country. After hillary clinton won the popular vote but donald trump won the electoral college, activists renewed a push to revamp the system by which the presidency is awarded an article posted on the. National popular vote can lose electoral college vote, electors are not legally required to vote according to state popular vote, in any given election house of representatives might end up choosing the president.
If candidate a won 51 percent of the state's popular vote, and candidate b won 49 percent of the state's popular vote, then candidate a would win all 29 electoral votes only maine and nebraska adhere to a proportional electoral system in which electoral votes may be split among congressional districts. Because of the unusual popular/electoral vote mismatch, partisans of losing democratic candidate hillary clinton have called for abolising the electoral college. Last week's election produced the widest gap between the electoral college and the popular vote in a generation — a result of hillary clinton racking up huge margins in populous coastal states.