posted on Dec, 17 2016 @ 09:10 AM
a reply to: purplemer
In presidential elections, each state is represented by an allocation of electoral voters equivalent to their total Congressional delegation in the
House and Senate. There are 538 of them nationwide, one for each member of those two legislative bodies. They are expected, though not necessarily
legally bound, to vote for the November popular vote winner in the particular state to which they are assigned. Margin of victory is irrelevant. In
my state, for example, Trump would be expected to receive all 6 electoral votes assigned to the state since he won the November popular vote here.
That's the simplified version. The electors themselves are chosen as a group by each state's political party and these groups of electors are who we
actually choose between in the November presidential election. The part where I said that my state voted for Trump actually isn't true. In reality,
we voted for the group of Republican electors selected by the state Republican party. These electors will represent the state in the Electoral
college vote on the 19th.
edit on 17-12-2016 by vor78 because: (no reason given)