Despite donald trump and his campaign manager describing his election victory as a landslide, trump's margin of victory actually ranks among the closest in the electoral college. Congress gave native americans the right to vote in presidential elections in 1924 however, some states banned them from voting until the 1940s  george washington is the only us president in history to win 100% of the electoral college vote. The presidential/vice presidential pair who wins the popular vote in any given state receives all of the state's electoral college votes 1 in the end, the winner of the race is the candidate who receives a majority (270 or more) of the 538 electoral college votes.
The electoral college's usually ceremonial role has come under focus in the aftermath of the 2016 election because of a number of factors — including that democrat hillary clinton won the. Electoral college: electoral college, the system by which the president and vice president of the united states are chosen it was devised by the framers of the united states constitution to provide a method of election that was feasible, desirable, and consistent with a republican form of government. In the election of 1992, bill clinton received a majority of electoral votes and was the duly elected president, despite the fact that he received only a plurality (43 percent) of the popular votes.
The constitution established an electoral college in which each elector would cast two votes, with no distinction made between electoral votes for president and electoral votes for vice president this procedure would be modified in 1804 through the ratification of the twelfth amendment the different states had varying methods for choosing. There are 538 total votes in the electoral college and a presidential candidate must win a majority—270—electoral votes to be elected since 11 of the 12 states in the chart above account for exactly 270 votes, a candidate could win these states, lose the other 39, and still be elected. The electoral college is widely regarded as an anachronism, a nondemocratic method of selecting a president that ought to be superseded by declaring the candidate who receives the most popular. The fec has no jurisdiction over the electoral college the national archives and records administration (nara) is the federal agency responsible for coordinating activities of states and congress regarding the electoral college vote for president. The constitution mandates the electoral college picks presidents the founders created that system in part to avoid the largest states picking favorite sons and having outsize influence 2.
Donald trump won the electoral college and is the president-elect hillary clinton won the popular vote is there any scenario at all through which hillary could still become president. Many thanks to those of you who have been following my series of electoral college myths & facts on facebook i've gathered them here all in one place, in case anyone missed some earlier this fall. Growing up, most of us were taught in social studies class that technically the winner of the presidential election wins the electoral college and not the popular vote, but between 1888 and 2000, it was largely a trivial matter.
By william c kimberling, deputy director fec national clearinghouse on election administration in order to appreciate the reasons for the electoral college, it is essential to understand its historical context and the problem that the founding fathers were trying to solve. The most misunderstood institution in our constitutional government is the electoral college most recently, the chair of the democratic national committee claimed that the electoral college is. In the election of 1860, although stephen a douglas was second in popular votes, he was fourth in the electoral college although he won 74 percent as many popular votes as were cast for abraham lincoln, his electoral vote was just 67 percent of lincoln's. In 2000 al gore won the popular vote but lost the election to george bush in the most highly contested election in modern history, the us supreme court stopped the florida recount of ballots, giving bush the state's 25 electoral votes for a total of 271 to gore's 255. The electoral college affects modern presidential campaigns in some important ways first, it gives small states outsized influence over our elections.
In 2012, president obama defeated his gop rival, mitt romney, with 332 electoral votes in 2008, obama won the election against sen john mccain, r-arizona, with 365 electoral votes. With an expected win in the electoral college today, donald j trump will seal his presidential victory — despite losing the national popular vote by a significant margin. The electoral college distorts the political process by providing a huge incentive to visit competitive states, especially large ones with hefty numbers of electoral votes that's why obama and.
The electoral college rules needed a fix pretty quickly the first system allowed electors to cast two votes for president the two highest vote getters became president and vice president that system worked when washington was elected twice. Q1 what is the electoral college a1 it is a group of 538 people, chosen by the states and the district of columbia, that are responsible for electing the president and vice president of the united states. We are now using the money to run ads for the site on the websites of college newspapers, primarily at the larger schools in the swing states of arizona, florida, indiana, missouri, montana, nevada, north dakota, tennessee, and west virginia, among others. The national popular vote asks states individually to agree to give all of their electoral votes to the winner of the national vote, effectively eliminating the electoral college without passing a constitutional amendment.
In 1824, andrew jackson of tennessee won a plurality of the national popular vote and 99 votes in the electoral college—32 short of a majority john quincy adams was runner-up with 85, and treasury secretary william crawford had 41. 1 in 1872, electors voted for a dead man on election day in 1872, democratic candidate horace greeley received 66 electoral votes in a landslide loss to incumbent ulysses s grant. Donald trump's collected tweets on the subject of the electoral college are a work of transcendent numbskullery if the election were based on total popular vote i would have campaigned in ny.