The Electoral College, explained
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The Electoral College, explained

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Why some Americans’ votes count more than others. Watch more of our election coverage: http://vox.com/ElectionVideos In the 2000 US presidential election, … .

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35 thoughts on “The Electoral College, explained

  1. Fact check: There are a few other democracies that use an electoral college system to pick their president! But what sets the US apart from them is the president’s role. In many countries, the president is less important than the prime minister, or shares power with the prime minister, or is purely a figurehead. But in the US, the president holds all the executive power — they’re the head of government AND the head of state. And there are lots of other presidents like that around the world, but they’re almost always elected by popular vote or by a national legislature. No other democracy follows the US’s example of using an entirely separate body of “electors” to pick the country’s sole leader.

    Here’s a short article that explains it really well and has a nice map: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/11/22/among-democracies-u-s-stands-out-in-how-it-chooses-its-head-of-state/

    So no one really does it like the US does — but we definitely could have been more precise at 0:31. Thanks to all who pointed this out! -Adam

  2. Calling Minnesota a swing state is hilarious. Since FDR we have only voted for republicans three times. The last time was Richard Nixon.

    And I get they're measuring it by %. But that's the point. It shouldn't only be %. It should be voting history, shifts in one direction or the other, and % closeness.

    The states that will matter the most next election will be: Wisconsin, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida and Arizona.

    Followed by Texas, Nevada, Iowa.
    The rest have some bearing but I feel there will be a much stronger push for swing states this next election than ever before.

  3. The only reason majority of Americans don't like Electoral College is because majority of Americans don't understand the basics civics of their own country. This majority includes both Trump and Clinton who both spoke out against the Electoral College at some point in the past.

    The reason why we do not have direct popular vote for the President is because of the unique relationship Federal Union has with the individual states. The individual states hold more power over their respective internal affairs than their international counterparts (if we start comparing ourselves with other countries). Therefore, in order to have a fair state representation the states elect (through their respective state citizens) the President of the United States – not to be confused with the president of the people of the United States – something that does not exist and yet a lot of people think of it this way. We are not electing a king and the power of the executive is balanced out proportionately by the other two branches – legislative and judicial.

    If we are to have a division of power such as we do now (Federal vs State) then Electoral College (or at least something similar to it) is the only fair way to have all states represented.

    Usually those who benefit from the EC in the outcome of an election will be supportive of it and those who do not benefit from it will always be coming out with the "popular vote", etc excuses and how unfair it is. However unfair it may be, in order to change it we would have to change the entire constitutional dynamic between the individual states and Federal government. It's not as simple as the calls to abolish the EC.

  4. Fun Fact: The Electoral College is responsible for the Cuban Embargo because of all the Cuban refugees in Florida, who can swing the election because of Swing State Florida and force both parties to support the embargo.

  5. Dr. Impact We want to bring back California to your students. You are our great teacher and doctor. Go back to the United States, hopefully our doctor will come back Carla Her University of California College of Engineering

  6. It's NOT about individual voting power, get that out of your head right now. It's about the voting power of STATES.

    This is a Republic, not a democracy. Never has been. Never should be.

  7. this is called justice and actually very wise. we shouldn't see everyone's vote the same.
    can't make an ignorant guy's vote who has no idea of politic (like cleaners) worth the same as an intelligence who knows politic (professor)
    人有贵贱之分
    sadly some people is more privilege than others in a society or in a country.

  8. If the Electoral College is abolished, then all of the Election laws and procedures of all 50 states, plus DC should be uniformed. The dates on when early voting are allowed, the types of machines, the types of ballots, voting IDs should be uniformed, the process for a nation-wide recount.

    Furthermore, all 50 states and DC should have their primaries on the same day..at the same time! It would eliminate the Iowa caucuses. A 50 state primary would also eliminate the Superdelegate system. Every state relevant for the entire cycle, not just for a couple weeks before that states primary. 50 states and DC, having a primary on the same day, winner take all!

  9. 2:57 In 2020, the state that voted the most for Donald Trump(in terms of numbers) was California. You'd expect California to be a very liberal state, but no. California just governed by liberals. Out of the state's 53 representatives, only 11 are Republican. Both senators are Dems, Speaker Pelosi is from California and the vp is also from California. Despite this, California has a lot of conservatives… for now.

    Make a choice:
    High taxes, high energy costs, lots of business regulations California
    OR low taxes, low energy costs, business friendly Texas

  10. Here is a simple test to see if the Electoral college is racist:

    Take all the white people from a state that has a small population, but a large electoral college vote power. We'll use Wyoming, which has 6.74 electoral votes per million adults, and is the highest out of all the states. We take all the white people from Wyoming and move them to Georgia, which has 1.97 electoral votes per million adults, then we take the same amount of black people from Georgia as we did white people from Wyoming then we move them to Wyoming. How much did Wyoming and Georgia's electoral college vote power change? The answer is none. Now Wyoming's population is the 93.13% black, and it has more electoral power than any state in the USA.

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