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The Electoral College


The Electoral College

  • Established in the Constitution as a compromise between election of the president by a vote in Congress and a popular vote of qualified citizens.
  • Consists of 538 electors, 270 electoral votes are required to be president.
  • Each state is allotted the number of electors determined by the Constitution.
  • When people vote in the election they are voting for their candidate’s electors in their state.
  • Most states have a winner-take-all system for electors.
  • The electors meet in their states on December 17, 2012 to vote for president and vice president.
  • Those votes are counted in Congress on January 6.
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