Those votes are sent to Congress.The electoral votes are counted in a joint session of Congress on January 6, with the current vice president - as president of the Senate - presiding and announcing the official winner.The new president is sworn into office January 20.
The projection gives Clinton 268 electoral votes when using this measure, according to the latest snapshot of CNN's "Road to 270" map.
A few big states, such as Florida and OH, find themselves swarmed with candidates and carpet-bombed with TV ads every four years because neither party can take them for granted.
ME has two districts, so its vote can be split 3-1 (as it appears likely to be this year). If not, and Trump takes Florida, the count is 269-269.
There is a total of 538 electoral votes.
The Real Clear Politics No Toss-Up Map shows which candidate leads within a state by summing up the average of recent polls. In the unlikely outcome that Trump wins NY, his son Donald Trump Jr. and Carl Paladino are on the state's slate of Republican electors. Yet small states need the biggest break, you suppose.
"So let's take California for example: if one candidate wins 80 percent of the votes in that state, they get all of that state's electoral vote".
What happens if no one gets a majority of Electoral College votes? "We hope that this reminds fans to head for the polls on Election Day and hear some exclusive music while they're there".
Proponents of reforming the Electoral College, like FairVote's Executive Director Rob Richie, argue that the current system leads to candidates ignoring many states during the general election.
When each state certifies a victor of its overall popular vote, that victor is entitled to send all his or her electors to that state's capital, where they will officially record their votes for their candidate. The Senate goes through the same process to nominate a vice-president with the top two candidates.
Knowing this should help make casting your vote on November 8th just a hair less stressful. It's only happened a handful of times in history, and it's never been a material factor in an election.
The only reason for the lengthy postelection court battle in 2000 over how to count the votes in Florida was the Electoral College.
Most states distribute electoral votes through a winner-take-all system, so if Clinton were to win the battleground state of Arizona, 11 electors selected by the state's Democratic Party would be elected to the Electoral College.
For the present, however, here is how the Electoral College votes are apportioned to the states: Each state is assigned a number equal to its Senate seats (always two) plus its seats in the House of Representatives.
"Young voters know the place to be on Election Day is around their polling station - so we made a decision to add a soundtrack as they show up to make their voices heard on environmental issues, immigration, and the criminal justice system", said Jesse Moore, Rock the Vote's Vice President of Civic Engagement.
Washington DC residents are lionized by the press for not getting a vote.
Each state is awarded as many electors as its number of representatives in Congress, which is based on the U.S. Census that is conducted every 10 years. It took 36 ballots and much intrigue before DE abstained from the vote and allowed Jefferson to muster a bare majority to become president.
An elector has only one duty - to elect a president. For this year, less than two-thirds of the votes will be cast on election day. Several possible answers are offered, but you can also choose "Other" and type in your own we want to know what we've missed!
They combine with electoral college appointments from Queensland and Western Australia to pledge 129 votes for the Coalition, beating Labor's 97 from the remaining states and territories and granting the Liberal/National ticket the presidency.