Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentElections · 1 decade ago

How do you calculate the total number of electoral votes? How many electoral votes in the united states?

I have a quiz on this tommrow

~Thanks :)

7 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    538, each state has a minimum of 3

    Two from the Senate + House of Representatives=each state

    Since the House of Representatives is determined by population, the electoral college is largely based off of the states' population.

    Each state is winner take all, except Nebraska and Maine

    (Nebraska and Maine are divided into Congressional districts and the winner of each district gets 1 vote. The winner of the vote statewide gets the remaining 2 votes)

    It takes 270 to win the election

    The winner of the electoral college can still become President without winning the most popular votes (Happened in 1876, 1888 and 2000) This is because someone who wins narrowly in a lot of states could get more electoral votes than someone who wins big in less states.

    If a candidate fails to get 270, the House of Representatives chooses from the top 3 candidates based on electors. Each state gets one vote, which makes it even more complicated. The Senate chooses the Vice President

    The electors do not have to vote for the candidate they are pledged to, but each elector is a party insider so they almost always do. Called faithless electors, these electors will sometimes vote for a third candidate, a favorite son, or refuse to vote at all. This has never affected the outcome of a Presidential race.

  • ?
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Total Number Of Electoral Votes

  • 1 decade ago

    There are a total of 538 electoral votes, corresponding to the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives and the Senate (two each for the Senate, varies according to population in the house). Winner takes all in each state (for now). Washington, DC also has three electoral votes, even though they're not represented in the House or the Senate.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Yes. It was based on Frederick the Great's system and was very useful when travel and communications were difficult and you had a number of divergent regions with semi-sovereign states who don't trust each other. So if California produces 51 million votes for its candidate and no one else voted for him, he would lose by 175 to 55 rather than winning the election by popular vote. Only three Presidents have been elected contrary to the popular vote: Hayes, Harrison and Bush. In all three cases, the vote was close. Imagine if the whole country had to recount the "hanging chads" and not just one state.

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  • Jim W
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    There is one electoral college vote for each congress member and one for each Senator, plus 3 for the District of Columbia, for a total of 538.

  • 1 decade ago

    there are 538 electoral votes. I dont know how to calcualate it but it has to do with the amount of populaton in each state.

  • 1 decade ago


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