United States Election questions?

1. Explain the electoral process in the United States and how it is used to determine the winner.

2. Why was the presidential election called at around 8:15 pm.

3. Can you win the presidential election without winning a majority of votes? If so how?

4. What formula is used to determine the number of electors for a state?

If anybody answers these questions it would be so awesome and very appreciated!

(I actually do choose a best answer)

3 Answers

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    8 years ago
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    1 Each state is given a set amount of electors. The voters in these states are actually voting for electors pledged to vote for their candidate (Obama, Romney, etc)

    2 I presume by 8.15pm that the swing states (the harder to predict ones) had turned in enough ballots to safely determine who would win. The race doesn't officially end till much later when the Electors officially submit their ballots (but it's a certainty at that point)

    3 Yes, most recently George W Bush won the presidency while losing the popular vote. Most states give all of their electors to the winner of their state. Win 51% of the vote and get 100% of the electoral votes. You can see how this could effect a close race.

    4. Electors are granted for every member of congress from the state. Massachusetts has 2 senators and 10 representatives = 12 electors. This was designed to give the smaller states a slight advantage.

  • 8 years ago

    One thing the electoral vote does is force the candidates to campaign in the lower population states. If it was by popular votes states like Montana would never see a presidential candidate unless his plane was flying over head from one big city to another.

  • 8 years ago

    Here's some links that more than provide you the answers sought:



    It's the opinion of many in the U.S. that the Electoral College is shockingly way too old / outdated--and sorely in need of major upgrading for it to really be reliable in providing a quick and accurate declaration of a U.S. Presidential Election winner.

    Explains why controversy existed in the 2000 and 2012 Elections.

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