Politics

Electoral College, huh?

Things I Wish I Knew-003 How Politics Work- Electoral College

Welcome guys, today’s episode is going to be about how the hell the electoral college works. I know that as of recently there’s a ton of news swirling around that is basically all about politics these days, and honestly I have been pretty lost.. pretending like I know what is going on.. 

Today we are going to understand 1 facet of the government that I was pretty lost on, until I decided to educate myself and feed my mind with knowledge and understanding about what is going on in the world.   

The Electoral College

First, what the hell is the electoral college, and how does it work? 

The Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority of 270 electoral votes is the minimum REQUIRED to elect the President, and vice president of the united states. Your state’s entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives plus two for your Senators. From Huffington Post, ok.. 

Now breaking this down into lamen terms.. each state has a certain number of congressional delegators, based on the census taken of that state every ten years. So for example… this is why Census reports are actually important.. i had no idea. 

For example.. seven states in the united states have 1 representative they are Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and Delaware. ) According to the visitthecapital.gov website.. , and 1 state has 53!!! I’ll give you one guess which state this is.. California.. everybody wants to live in the sun in California.. Not gonna lie, I loved living in California. But holy hell.. 53 representatives.. how is Wyoming going to go compete with those votes.. with only 1 vote counting towards the electoral college!? This is so eye opening!

So to break it down into lamen terms the number 538 is the TOTAL of the nation’s 435 Representatives, 100 Senators, and 3 electors given to the District of Columbia.

How does it work?

Every four years, voters go to the polls and select a candidate for President and Vice-President. In all but two states, the candidate who wins the majority of votes in a state wins that state’s electoral votes. In Nebraska and Maine, electoral votes are assigned by proportional representation, meaning that the top vote-getter in those states wins two electoral votes (for the two Senators) while the remaining electoral votes are allocated congressional district by congressional district. These rules make it possible for both candidates to receive electoral votes from Nebraska and Maine, unlike the winner-take-all system in the other 48 states.

Ok. To sum everything up on the electoral college, real quick. Fill out your census paperwork when the volunteer comes to your front door, or you receive that envelope in the mail, because that could mean the difference between having 1 congressional representative for your state or 53. The bigger the number of congressional representatives the more voting power you hold in the electoral college to vote for the President and vice president of the United States. 

Knowledge is Power!! Educate yourself, and make the world a better place by doing so! 

Thanks again!