На всеки четири години гражданите на Съединените щати упражняват едно от най-мощните права, които имат: правото си да гласуват за президента на САЩ. Въпреки че има много възможности през цялата година да гласуват на по-малки или местни избори, тези конкретни избори им дават възможност да изберат кандидата, който според тях ще служи на американския народ, ще защити страната и ще подобри начина ни на живот.
Candidate Smith wins the state!All Electoral Votes from the state will go to Candidate Smith!
Candidate Smith60% of State Votes
When Did the Electoral College Begin in the U.S.?
There have been five elections in US history where the candidate who received the most popular votes did not win the election. In the 1824, 1876, 1888, 2000, and 2016 elections, the individual with fewer votes received more Electoral College votes and won the election.
Election of 2016
Election of 1888
Election of 2000
George W. Bush47.9%
The Electoral College is a group of people that elects the president and vice president of the U.S. Each state has a specific number of votes based on their population, and whichever candidate receives at least 270 Electoral Votes wins the Presidency.
Candidate Jones60% of State Votes
The foundation of the Electoral College can be traced back to the Virginia Plan. Although created for Congressional representation, the same approach was used for the proportions of Electors in the Electoral College. Since 1880, the electors in every state have been chosen based on a popular election.
Why is the Electoral College Used?
5 Ws of The Electoral College
Where are the Most Electoral College Votes Located?
270 To Win
Although it can be seen as a controversial and sometimes confusing system, the Electoral College emphasizes the need for candidates to appeal to the entire population instead of states with a large amount of electoral votes. A candidate needs to campaign throughout the entire country. If the US used only the popular vote, entire regions of the country could potentially be ignored.
The six states with the most electors are California (55), Texas (38), New York (29), Florida (29), Illinois (20), and Pennsylvania (20). These states are incredibly important for candidates seeking to win the Presidential Election.