Electoral College

An electoral college is a set of electors who are selected to elect a candidate to a particular office. Often these represent different organizations or entities, with each organization or entity represented by a particular number of electors or with votes weighted in a particular way. Many times, though, the electors are simply important people whose wisdom would ideally provide a better choice than a larger body. The system can ignore the wishes of a general membership.

Read more about Electoral College:  Origins of Electoral Colleges, Modern Electoral Colleges

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Modern Electoral Colleges
... with complex regional electorates may elect a head of state by means of an electoral college rather than a direct popular election ... of an indirectly elected executive president, with an electoral college comprising electors representing the 50 states and the federal district ... In the United States, 270 electoral votes are required to win the presidential election ...
List Of Presidents Of The United States
... is indirectly elected to a four-year term by an Electoral College (or by the House of Representatives should the Electoral College fail to award an absolute majority of votes to any person) ... in 1789 after a unanimous vote of the Electoral College ...
Presidential Nomination Process (US) - Procedure - Electoral College
... system, wherein the ticket that wins a plurality of votes wins all of that state's allocated electoral votes, and thus has their slate of electors chosen to vote in the ... Maine and Nebraska do not use this method, opting instead to give two electoral votes to the statewide winner and one electoral vote to the winner of each Congressional district ... second Wednesday in December to cast their electoral votes on separate ballots for President and Vice President ...
List Of 1980 Swing States - General Election - Results
... The electoral college vote was a landslide, with 489 votes (representing 44 states) for Reagan and 49 votes for Carter (representing 6 states and the District of Columbia) ... in an election where only two candidates won electoral votes ... Reagan's electoral college victory of 489 electoral votes (90.9% of the electoral vote) is the most lopsided electoral college victory for a non-incumbent President ...
Presidential Nomination Process (US)
... Electoral College these electors in turn directly elect the President and Vice President ... Each state is allocated a number of Electoral College electors equal to the number of its Senators and Representatives in the U.S ... territories are not represented in the Electoral College ...

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