Presidential Election Rules
Presidential Election Rules just how democratic is the election for an American president?
You might think that the person who receives the most votes wins, right?
Just ask Al Gore, who in 2000 won more than half-a-million votes more than the “winner”, George W. Bush.
In fact, on four occasions in American history (1824, 1876, 1888, and 2000), the winner of the presidential election actually received fewer votes than their opponent.
This is because, contrary to popular belief, voters do not actually elect the president.
Voters are merely indicating a preference for president, but the task of actually electing the president falls to 538 individual electors to the US Electoral College.
What is the Electoral College?
To put it simply, each state is assigned a number of electors to the Electoral College, based on that state’s delegation to the United States Congress.
There are 50 states.
Each state has two members of the US Senate, so there are 100 senators.
There are 435 members of the US House of Representatives, who are appointed by state on the basis of population, with each state having a minimum of one.