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The minimum number of electoral votes per state is three.

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How do states with smaller populations have more electoral votes then larger states?

Because they have more people that were born in the United States living there. You can't vote if you weren't born in the United States. Because they have more people that were born in the United States living there. You can't vote if you weren't born in the United States. The larger state probably has more people that was not born in that state than the smaller state that has born citizens so that's why its more electoral than the larger state.


Why do states with a lot of land have few electoral votes?

Electoral votes are based on the state's population. This is why states with a lot of land can have fewer electoral votes than smaller states.


How many electoral votes must a candidate for President get in order to win the election?

270 electoral votes in the Electoral College are needed to win the U.S. presidency. Each state has electoral votes equal to the total of the 2 representative the state has in the U.S. Senate plus the number of representative the state has in the House of Representatives. Since every state has two senators and at least one representative to the House, every state has at least 3 electoral votes. The District of Columbia gets 3 electoral votes. Therefore, the total number of electoral votes is 538 - 100 (senators) + 435 (representatives) + 3 (for DC). A majority is 270 - one more than half of the total number of 538.


When did DC get 3 electoral votes?

Under the Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution, Washington, D.C. is allocated as many electors as it would have if it were a state, (but no more electors than the least populous state). Since every state has at least 3 electoral votes, Washington, D.C. is allocated 3 electoral votes. It is theoretically possible for Washington, D.C. to have more than 3 electoral votes. However, for that to happen the population in Washington, D. C. would have to be greater than the population in each of the U.S. states that have only 1 representative in the U.S. House of Representatives. Based on the size of Washington, D.C., that will not happen.


Why does Minnesota get more electoral votes than Idaho?

Because people like Minnesota more than Idaho.

Related questions

What state has the highest electoral votes?

California, with 55 electoral votes in 2012.


What percentage of electoral votes must a state have to determine the winner of the state?

just more than the other candidate


How many electoral s does California have?

California has 55 electoral votes, more than any other state because it has the largest population.


What happens when a presidential candidate wins a state with slightly more than half of popular vote?

The candidate gets all of the state's electoral votes


What happens when a presidential candidate wins state with slightly more than half of the popular vote?

The candidate gets all of the state's electoral votes


What happens when a presidential candidate wins a state slightly more than half of the popular vote?

The candidate gets all of the state's electoral votes


What happens when a presidential candidate wins a state with slightly more than half the popular vote?

The candidate gets all of the state's electoral votes


The major function of the electoral college is?

The smaller a state is the more beneficial the electoral college is. The number of electoral votes a state is given is the number of senators (2 for each state) and the number of representatives in the House (minimum of one). Because of this each state is given at leaste 3 votes even if they only had a population of 10 people. The ratio of votes to residents in a state like Rhode Island is much higher than the ratio of electoral votes to residents in a state like California. Because the ratio of electoral votes to people ratio is higher in Rhode Island each citizen of Rhode Island's vote counts for more than that of a Californian. The system was enacted when communication was poor and it was easier to pick a winner in each state then combine the electoral votes than it was to carry the number of votes between states and add it all up at the end.


How did George W. Bush win the 2000 election despite the losing popular vote?

Bush received more electoral votes than Al Gore.


How many electoral college voted for president?

Electoral votes in the U.S. Electoral College determine the President and Vice President of the United States. 270 electoral votes in the U.S. Electoral College are needed to win the U.S. presidency. Each state has electoral votes equal to the total of the 2 representative the state has in the U.S. Senate plus the number of representative the state has in the House of Representatives. Since every state has two senators and at least one representative to the House, every state has at least 3 electoral votes. The District of Columbia gets 3 electoral votes. Therefore, the total number of electoral votes is 538 - 100 (senators) + 435 (representatives) + 3 (for DC). A majority is 270 - one more than half of the total number of 538.


How do states with smaller populations have more electoral votes then larger states?

Because they have more people that were born in the United States living there. You can't vote if you weren't born in the United States. Because they have more people that were born in the United States living there. You can't vote if you weren't born in the United States. The larger state probably has more people that was not born in that state than the smaller state that has born citizens so that's why its more electoral than the larger state.


Does the district of Columbia have three electoral votes?

Under the Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution, Washington, D.C. is allocated as many electors as it would have if it were a state, (but no more electors than the least populous state). Since every state has at least 3 electoral votes, Washington, D.C. is allocated 3 electoral votes.