Originally Posted by VegAnaconda
bizarre, and even you are confused RedWingsFAn ??
Not confused at all on the way the voting or electoral college works... I put the confused face because I was confused as to why she wrote that the electors can technically choose who they want although it was rare. She had repeated what I had already wrote.
Originally Posted by renaissancesun
If this is true, then how can someone win by electoral votes but lose by popular vote? The electoral college is an outdated system but we are stuck with it. Sunny
It makes perfect sense. Here is how the electoral college is set up:
The Constitution, in Article 2, Section 1, provides: Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress.
Perhaps this will explain it further:
"The Electoral College is a block, or weighed, voting system that is designed to give more power to the states with more votes, but allows for small states to swing an election, as happened in 1876. Under this system, each state is assigned a specific number of votes that is proportional to its population, so that each state's power is representative of its population. So, while winning the popular vote may not ensure a candidate's victory, a candidate must gain popular support of a particular state to win the votes in that state. The goal of any candidate is to put together the right combination of states that will give him or her 270 electoral votes."
For a complete explanation visit:http://www.fec.gov/pages/ecmenu2.htmhttp://people.howstuffworks.com/electoral-college1.htm