Framers' Design for the Electoral College and Today

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Lesson I. Constitutional Convention and Electoral College

Step 2. Electoral College Explained


Watch this video, produced by TEDed, for an overview of how the Electoral College works. 

After the video, you’ll be asked to answer the questions below, so keep an eye out. 

  1. Why are there 538 electors in the Electoral College today? 
  2. How do states receive electoral votes? 
  3. Why is the census important for 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 I. Step 2 of 7


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