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UNIT 4. ELECTORAL COLLEGE. MR Hayner. When you vote for the President you are actually voting for an ELECTOR to vote for you Each state has a determined number of electors. A state’s number of electors is the total number of Senators and Representatives in the House. MISSOURI 2 senators

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UNIT 4

ELECTORAL COLLEGE

MR Hayner

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When you vote for the President you are actually voting for an ELECTOR to vote for you

Each state has a determined number of electors

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A state’s number of electors is the total number of Senators and Representatives in the House

MISSOURI

2 senators

9 representatives

Total 11 electors

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There are a total of 538 electoral votes

(the District of Columbia is not a state but is given 3 electoral votes)

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48 out of the 50 states have a “winner takes all” method

If you get the most votes in that state you get ALL of their electoral college votes

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2 states are different and can divide up their votes based on congressional district - Nebraska and Maine

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If no single candidate gets the required 270 electoral votes then the House of Representatives votes to decide the President

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It is possible to get more votes overall in the election from the entire country and NOT be elected President

Happened in 2000 with Gore vs Bush

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Total Votes in 2000 Election:

Bush 50,461,092 total votes

(47.9%)

271 Electoral Votes

Gore 50,994,086 total votes

(48.4%)

266 Electoral Votes

Nader 2,882,728 total votes

(2.7%)

0 Electoral College Votes

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