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# What do states use to award electoral votes?

Updated: 8/19/2023

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11y ago

Most states appoint their electors on a winner-take-all basis, based on the statewide popular vote on Election Day. Maine and Nebraska are the only two current exceptions. Maine and Nebraska distribute their electoral votes proportionally, with two at-large electors representing the statewide winning presidential and vice-presidential candidates and one elector each representing the winners from each of their Congressional districts.

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By definition, electoral votes are cast by the electors from each state. States elect their electors by direct popular vote. The electors announce in advance which candidate they was vote for, and the people vote accordingly. In most states the electors run as a slate- You vote for the slate that favors the candidate you want to vote for.

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11y ago

Electoral votes are awarded according to the popular vote returns. The people vote to choose which slate of electors gets to votes in the electoral college.

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### Which two states do not adhere to winner take all in elections?

Nebraska and Maine do not simply award all their votes to the state-wide winner. They award one vote to the winner in each separate congressional district and two votes to the state-wide winner.

### How do most states determine who wins the electors votes?

All states but Nebraska and Maine use the winner-take-all system to award all their electoral votes to the winner. However, some of the strongly Democratic states, mindful of 2000, add the requirement that all of their votes go to the leader in electoral votes. Nebraska and Maine give two votes to the state-wide leader and award the others to the leader in each Congressional district.

Two states, Maine and Nebraska, use a tiered system where a single elector is chosen within each Congressional district and two electors are chosen by statewide popular vote.

### What methods do Nebraska and Maine use in awarding electoral votes?

Those two States are not Winner Take All Statesand their Electoral Votes may be split between voting districts as was the case for Nebraska in the 2008 Presidential Election.

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### Winner takes all?

"winner-take-all" refers to the prevailing custom that states use to allocate electoral votes. The electors run as a slate and the presidential candidate with the most popular votes gets all of his electors elected and so gets all of the states electoral votes even if he won by only a narrow margin.

### When did citizens use the electoral college?

The U.S. Electoral College system is a system of indirect election. In accordance with Article II of the United States Constitution, electoral votes determine the President and Vice President of the United States. The electors are elected by direct popular vote in each state and each candidate for elector swears in advance whom he will vote for. The electors from each of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia then cast their electoral votes to elect the President and Vice President of the United States.

Read the US Constitution - it's all there.

### Do any states fail to have a winner take all apportionment of electoral college votes?

Maine and Nebraska allow for the splitting of their electoral votes. I think they both award one elector to the winner in each Congressional district and give the other two votes to the over-all state-wide winner.

### When was the last time we use the electoral vote?

As of 2017, the last time we use the electoral vote was in 2016. Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election defeating Hillary Clinton. In the 2016 presidential election Donald Trump received 304 electoral votes and Hillary Clinton received 227 electoral votes.

### What does it mean if the electoral college is a winner-take-all system?

This phrase means "all or nothing". It refers to the practice of allotting all of a states electoral votes or delegates. in the case of primaries, to the one candidate who receives the most popular vote . All but two US states use this winner take all system in the presidential election.The alternative would be to split the votes proportionally in some way to reflect the popular vote. For example if a state uses winner take all and has 21. electoral votes, a candidate who wins the state by just one vote gets all 20 of the state's electoral votes. If the state did not use winner take all, it might give 11 votes to the winner and 10 votes to the other candidate.

### How can a candidate win electoral votes with out the popular vote?

The popular vote and the electoral vote are two completely different things. The presidency is decided solely on who wins the electoral vote, and the popular vote is only good for giving us an idea of who is going to win the presidency. The larger the state the more votes they have in the electoral college, so if a president can win the majority of the large states electoral votes and a few smaller states they can gain the majority they need to win the presidency. In fact, if a president only needs to win the votes for the 11 largest states and they can win the presidency without a vote from the other 39 states.