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What is the difference between popular vote and an electoral vote?


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Answered 2016-08-24 20:59:04

The electoral college elected the US President. The members of the college are called electors and the votes they can are electoral votes. Popular votes are the votes cast by the voters on election day. These votes elect the electors. There are millions of popular votes but only 538 electoral votes.

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Answered 2016-08-30 19:34:10

This is a simple comparison between an election where the candidate with the majority of the votes wins.This assumes that there are no complications or voter fraud or lawsuits. In a given state two candidates are running for governor. The votes are counted and the person with the most votes is elected to be governor.In a US presidential election, voters cast their votes for the candidate of their choice. Once the votes are counted, the winning candidate now will receive at the Electoral College in December, all of the electoral votes from the state just discussed. The Electoral votes are not in any way proportioned on the basis of the popular vote.



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the popular vote is by everybody. the electoral vote is by electoral colleges, which not everyone is in


electoral vote is the population of the state and and the amount of citizen that live state and popular votes is the amount of citizen that vote for a presidential election


Yes they can. It depends on how the Electoral College chooses to vote. They do not have to vote according to the popular vote in each state. There is a difference between the popular vote and the Electoral College vote.


The popular vote is the number of individuals who voted for a candidate.The electoral vote refers to the 538 representatives in the electoral college that ultimately determine the outcome of a presidential election. The number of electoral representatives in each state depends on population.Rather than directly voting for the president, United States citizens vote for representatives in the electoral college. Electors are technically free to vote for anyone, but tend to votes for candidates their constituency voted for.


Electoral vote! Evidently the popular vote doesn't count since Gore won the popular vote.


The purpose of the popular vote is to determine the members of the electoral college who then meet and vote for a president.


yes. The popular vote total and the electoral vote total are not directly related.


The electoral vote of every state accurately reflects the popular vote within that state.


Yes, the electors from each state vote the same as the popular vote in that state. It does not make any difference if the candidate won the state by 1 popular vote or 300,000 popular votes.


The popular vote is the total number of people who voted in an election (for example, Bobby Goodside 46,014, Django Gutierrez 29,075) The electoral vote is the number of points a candidate receives nationwide, but the person with the highest popular vote in a state gets the points for a state. The points are based on the population of the state. See an electoral map with current poll standings between McCain and Obama: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/maps/obama_vs_mccain/?map=10


No, Clinton won the popular vote but Trump won the electoral vote by A LOT!


The electoral vote of every state accurately reflects the popular vote within that state. Therefore, every elector in the Electoral College is expected to cast the electoral vote for the candidate who won the popular vote in that elector's state.


It is possible that for the U.S. as a whole a candidate could win the popular vote total but lose the electoral vote total. However, the electoral vote of every state accurately reflects the popular vote within that state.


no he won both popular and electoral vote. However the popular vote was very close and there was strong evidence of vote fraud in cities like Chicago.


A candidate can win a popular vote by appealing to the state, but can lose a electoral vote by the electoral college deciding against him or her. the electoral college takes the popular votes and makes their vote, determining the new president. for example if Ohios popular vote was for Obama, the electorals would see that and would most likely pick Obama for their vote, but in the past the electorals have gone against the popular vote.


No Gore won the popular vote in 2000, but lost the electoral vote.


Because Al Gore won the Popular vote but the Supreme Court of Florida gave the 25 electoral votes to George W. Bush who by that obtained a simple majority which won him the Presidency. so basically the popular vote just determines who the electors selected the states will vote for in the electoral college.


It is possible that a candidate could win the national popular vote total but lose the national electoral vote total. However, the electoral vote of every state accurately reflects the popular vote within that state.


This has happened three times. 1876. Tilden won the popular vote but Hayes (after an acrimonious dispute) the electoral vote. 1888 - Cleveland won the popular vote but B Harrison the electoral vote. 2000. Gore won the popular vote but GW Bush the electoral vote. Also, in 1824, Jackson won a plurality of both popular and electoral votes, but not a majority of the latter. Congress rejected him in favour of JQ Adams.


November (The electoral vote is in December.)


It is possible that a candidate could win the national popular vote total but lose the electoral vote total. However, the electoral vote of every state accurately reflects the popular vote within that state. The role of each elector in the electoral college is to vote for the candidate who won the popular vote in the elector's individual state.


It Means that the Electoral College approves the vote


Yes. You cannot win all electoral votes without having the popular vote.


Popular votes are the votes cast by the ordinary citizens , Electoral votes are cast only by electors, who are the officials elected by the popular voters to cast their state's vote and elect the President. Each elector get one vote and larger states are allowed to have more electors. There are 537 electors in all. There are as many popular votes as there as registered voters who actually vote.


A popular vote means votes from the people/ qualified voters, as opposed to vote by the electoral college.Voting for presidents during elections uses the electoral college, which uses the popular vote of the state to determine which candidate the state's electoral votes go to.