Read on for our survival guide to the big election night. So even if Trump pulls off a stunning sweep of all six tossup states next week, he will still have only 266 electoral votes.
"I think the original reason for [the Electoral College] is still very much valid today", said Hans A. von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, who supports keeping the system. Clinton and Trump are the worst two candidates in the history of American presidential politics. This is where I'd normally spout some Libertarian propaganda about Gary Johnson, but that's not the point of this piece.
Most of us (in Asia, Europe, Africa) will go to bed on Tuesday 8 November not knowing the results.
Satiacum is one of 12 Democratic electors in Washington Hillary Clinton initially expected to win.
The flood of exit polls starts as voting begins to close. This is where the 'my vote doesn't count'argument comes from.
Earlier this year, in April, the Supreme Court upheld the "one person one vote" in the case of Evenwel v. Abbott, where residents were upset that their votes were worth less than residents of other districts. Others, like IL, will be decisive in the competition to take control of the chamber and the Senate.
A movement to implement a plan that would elect the president based on the national popular vote has been slowly spreading across the U.S. The plan has been introduced in 50 state legislatures and so far, 10 states as well as D.C. have passed such legislation totaling 165 electoral votes.
By that time the picture should be pretty clear. The use of a popular vote system could also encourage more political parties to participate in the election because then there would be a fair chance of winning. Al Gore finally conceded defeat to George W. Bush. Take the time to get to know these individuals and vote for who you think will represent you best.
On Sunday, Trump was in New Mexico, which once was a presidential battleground state, but where Barack Obama won twice by double digits. The Electoral College meets in mid-December to vote, and Congress makes the results official in January.
The number of electoral votes each state receives is equal to its congressional members, where states such as California carry 55 and Vermont only puts up three.
The idea here is that a voter in a low-population state like Wyoming counts for a larger share of electoral votes than popular votes.
ME and Nebraska divide their electoral votes proportionately among the candidates, but the other 48 states award them on the basis of victor take all.
Both candidates remain locked in a tight battle for the 29 electoral votes Florida holds - which could ultimately decide who the 45th President of the United States will be.
The major swing states this year are Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. What if the outcome turns on the razor-thin margin in one or two states, one candidate seeking a recount, the other.
But the system also does violate that spirit of fairness that leads to a "one person one vote system", especially if a DE citizen's vote is worth twice that of a Georgian's. Though given some Election Day predictions, we might just be in for another round of serious vote counting exhaustion.
Why is the election always on the same date?US President Barack Obama was officially declared the victor of 2012 presidential election after the counting session- a quaint formality, perhaps, but constitutionally required.
In 2012, only 54 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot.