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How Does the Electoral College Work?

by Countable | 3.20.17

We hear the term "electoral college" a lot, but what is it exactly? And how does it work? If you have 60 seconds, we have answers.

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  • Marilyn
    11/05/2016
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    Do away with electoral college.

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  • TheRooster618
    11/05/2016
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    It completely takes away a third party's chance of doing anything. I would vote third party but I want my vote to mean something.

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  • Norma
    11/08/2016
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    Get rid of it; that system is archaic and has been for at least a century! We need to have our individual votes count.

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  • JohnWick
    11/05/2016
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    The electoral college is completely irrelevant, the system didn't adapt to globalization very well. Now that people can seemingly move around the country at will, we cannot be opaque. The popular vote should be the vote. It's a democratic system based on the inherent integrity to do the right thing in all of us.

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  • LibertyMom
    11/05/2016
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    Actually the electoral college helps states to accurately be able to represent their people. It helps us maintain state sovereignty over the federal government. It prevents mob rule which means that minorities get proportionally represented, it makes it so everyone has a voice. Our Government was designed to be a representative republic. Each state has a different culture and people with different sets of values, we would lose that if we got rid of the electoral college.

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  • Obills
    11/06/2016
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    This is definitely not a good system. This is how we got bush and not al gore.

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  • Nicholas
    11/05/2016
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    We are taught your vote counts and that you get to decide who the next President will be. However, the truth is you vote to have someone else vote on your behalf...because of course, you may not know any better. Yes we either need to remove the electoral college or enlighten people with the realty of things in plain language, rather than using deceiving language to make people believe a half truth.

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  • Jason
    11/07/2016
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    "Electors aren't required to vote for their state" How could this be perceived as fair?

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  • YoungMainah
    11/09/2016
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    The electoral college completely favors republicans because of population spread. If it was directly populational it would be more constitutional, and Clinton and Al Gore would have won instead of Trump and Bush.

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  • Justin
    11/05/2016
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    Yeah and all the potential Electors appointed by the 2 Parties, thereby leaving no chance for a 3rd and plenty of chance for corruption.

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  • Tomasita
    11/13/2016
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    Our votes should count for something and as long as there is an electoral college they literally mean next to nothing. It has to go! Everyone's individual voice needs to be heard for this to truly be a democracy.

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  • SamJenkins
    12/20/2016
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    The Electorial College is not necessary or prudent. Not only can a person become president without receive the majority of votes, but the electoral college also adds to citizens feeling their vote does not count. I have lived in states where I knew my political views were in the minority. As a minority voter in a state, why should I even vote when I know all the electoral votes will follow the majority vote of the state. Each person's vote should be counted no matter where they live. Make the United States a Democracy rather than a Republic!!

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  • Carson
    11/06/2016
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    Three words: Single. Transferable. Vote.

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  • SSDaFresh
    12/19/2016
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    I think the electoral college has outlived its usefulness.

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  • Janine
    11/11/2016
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    Time to do away with the electoral college.

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  • AustinBenji
    11/08/2016
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    Why do the American people vote if the peoples vote are worth less then that of the electoral college?

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  • Mitch
    12/29/2016
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    There is nothing wrong with the electoral college. I don't want California and New York electing our president when we have 48 other states. Plus there is more chance for voter fraud in the popular vote than the electoral college i.e.: this last election. How do we know that the three counties in CA that Hillary got the bulk of her votes did not have a ton of fraudulent votes. After all the presidential vote was 3.8 more votes then the US Senate ran and they were on the same ballot. To me that spells voter fraud big league.

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  • Justin
    11/05/2016
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    Yeah and all the potential Electors appointed by the 2 Parties, thereby leaving no chance for a 3rd and plenty of chance for corruption.

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  • Kodiwodi
    01/17/2017
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    Do away with the electoral college

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  • Anthony
    12/27/2016
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    Yeah might as well sit on the sidelines during voting season. The electoral college got it folks. Don't worry about it.

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