Understanding the Electoral College
Why understanding the role of the Electoral College in electing the POTUS is paramount The general ballot is the precursor to the final determiner because it decides which candidate wins the "Electoral College Overhaul" of a
Why understanding the role of the Electoral College in electing the POTUS is paramount
The general ballot is the precursor to the final determiner because it decides which candidate wins the “Electoral College Overhaul” of a particular state. It is not enough to get the majority of votes to become POTUS unless neither candidate wins 270 Electoral College votes needed to win outright.
There are 538 possible Electoral College votes. The first candidate to amass 270 wins the election outright. Each state is assessed a particular number of Electors equal to the number of its U.S. Senators (always 2) plus the number of its U.S. Representatives (which may change each decade according to the size of each State’s population as determined in the Census).
The most populated states like California (pop. 37,253,956), Texas (pop. 25,145,561), New York (pop. 19,378,102), and Florida (pop. 18,801,310), are therefore assessed the most Electoral College votes — 55, 38, 29, 29, respectively.
But if neither candidate wins enough states to garner 270 Electoral College votes, Congress will decide the victor in all likelihood based on the winner of the popular vote.
The system ostensibly prevents the most populace states from deciding the POTUS to the chagrin of the least populated states averaging less than 10 Electoral College votes, for instance.