Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentElections · 2 months ago

Can a states raises their electoral number and how would a state do that?

Example California has 55 electoral vote and Texas has 38, how would Texas raise their to be 55 or higher or is it fixed the states aren't allow to change their electoral vote?


Other best answers are foofa, Steven Weinstein, Jeff D,

Update 2:

So I get it now so basically say example candidate A and B are running for president,  election day is active, candidate B won California because most people liked candidate B, while there were some people in California who liked and voted for candidate A but because candidate A lost California, candidate A does not get any of the vote from the people of California who voted for candidate A. I see now how it is more balanced that way... correct?

Update 3:

Thx you all for best answers, and I hope this help others people who struggle about this topic... special thx to foofa, Steven Weinstein, Jeff D, Tmess2 

5 Answers

  • Tmess2
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
    Favorite Answer

    A state can't directly change their representation in the electoral college.  The number of electoral votes that a state gets is based on the number of representatives in the House of Representatives (plus another two for its senators), and that number is based on its relative population.

    A state can do some things to impact its population.  For example, a good economic development plan will increase the number of jobs and encourage people seeking jobs to move there.  Because some jobs will occur in cities near a state's border, things like good schools and affordable housing will encourage people to opt to live on that state's side of the state line rather than over the border.  

    Of course, any change in population will only make a gradual impact in representation in Congress and no state has the resources to double in population over a short period in time.  And, even California is not large enough to get its way on everything in Congress or in the electoral college.  So increasing a state's representation is not the end goal.  Rather the goal is to have a state in which people have good jobs and want to live.  The increase in population and representation in the federal government is a side effect.

  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    EC votes are based on a state's population. This is why the fight over the 2020 Census has become so intense. My own state is purging citizens and adding non citizens like crazy so whether or not to count warm bodies instead of actual voters is pivotal here. 

  • 2 months ago

    They do it by increasing their population -- either by having babies or by getting people to move to the state.  The number of electoral votes is not fixed; it is based on population.

  • Jeff D
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    States can only increase their electoral votes by increasing their population (relative to the other states).  Following California's example would be letting in lots of illegal immigrants as a start (any of their children born in the US would be citizens and thus eligible to vote).

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  • R
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    "538 electors constitute the Electoral College. Each state is allocated electors equal to its number of representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives (currently a total of 435) plus its two senators (a total of 100). The District of Columbia is also allocated three electors. These numbers can change every 10 years, based on the results of the census."

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