Understanding the Electoral College

With the current presidential elections today, voters are casting their ballots for their choice of President. However, because of the electoral college they are not directly voting for a presidential candidate. Instead, voters are voting for an electoral vote which is given by a group of electors. These electors are the ones who directly cast a ballot for a certain presidential ticket based on the majority of votes. The electors are chosen by the political parties of each state and are generally people who have had some sort of experience in politics. Each state gets two electoral votes because there are two senators, plus the number of members it has in the House of Representatives (which is dictated by population size). This means that larger states have more electoral votes than smaller states. So come election day when Oregon voters send in their ballots, they are really voting on who those seven electoral votes should go to.

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