Framers' Design for the Electoral College and Today

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Lesson I. Constitutional Convention and Electoral College

Step 3. Answer Questions about the Electoral College

Student Exercise

On your own paper, answer the questions below. For help, rewatch the TedEd video about the Electoral College from the previous step. 

  1. Why are there 538 electors in the Electoral College?
  2. How do states receive electoral votes?
  3. How does the census affect the number of electors in the Electoral College? 
  4. How can a candidate lose the popular vote and win enough electoral votes to win the presidential election?
  5. What is a safe state? 
  6. What is a swing state?
Lesson 1. Step 3 of 7


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