How all this Voting stuff works… :)

Often it can get soooo confusing on Election day on how the voting process actually works…so below is some info I have put together about how it all goes down on Election day!


Voting Basic’s:
Red: Republican (Romney)
Blue: Democrat  (Obama)

The Electoral College is the instituion that is resposnible for electing the President. The Electoral College consists of 538 Votes. Each state is alloted a particular amount of votes depending upon their population.

Winner needs 270 to win!

Current Battleground States:
(Although most don’t consider Michiganand Pennsylvaniabattleground, they usually go Blue)
These Battleground States are the states to keep an eye on because they will be a major factor in determining who is President.

Interesting Facts:
“Technically” the President is not chosen till December 17th of this year -2012, by the Electors. Though on November 6th the electoral votes fortell the offical vote on Decmber 17th.

The Electors then cast their vote on December 17th and it usually “indefinately” lines up with the popular vote that was established on November 6th.

Who are the Electors?
Generally, the political parties nominate Electors at their State party conventions or by a vote of the party’s central committee in each State, but they cannot be a Representative, Senator or person holding a current office.

How many Electors does each state have?
The Constitution gives each state a number of electoral votes equal to the number of representatives and senators it has. So…every state will have at least three electoral votes because even the smallest states have one representative and two senators

Why do we have Electors?

1. To give extremely small states some say in the election.
2. To place a check on the ‘uneducated’ masses. At the time of the Constitutional Convention, many voters could not read and did not have access to accurate information. The framers of the Constitution felt that a check was needed.



***Only half of the states require their Electors to vote for the popular vote winner***

Another interesting Fact:

We are technically a Constitutional Republic, not a Democracy….sooo…what does that mean?

“A Constitutional Republic is very similar to democracy in that it uses democratic processes to elect representatives (which we are right in the middle of) and pass new laws, etc. The biggest difference that a Constitutional Republic has a Constitution that limits the powers of the government. It also creates a system of “checks and balances” so that no one particular part of the governement can out rule or dominate another.

A very Interesting Fact:

Let’s say there is a Tiein electoral votes and that neither candidate wins the majority of electoral votes. The election for President is then decided by the House of Representatives, with each state delegation having ONE vote. The Senate would then elect the Vice-President…..

Hopefully this helps 🙂 Now get out there and VOTE!!!!!

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