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Electoral College

What is the Electoral College?

The Electoral College was established by the Founding Fathers as a compromise between election of the president by Congress and election by popular vote. Every four years, Americans cast their votes for president. Within each state, those votes go toward the electors who then vote for the President.


Features of the 2016 Electoral Map poster include:

    State electoral votes that reflect the 2010 census
    State abbreviations for easy identification
    States' electoral numbers color-coded to reflect the 2012 election results
    Locations of the 2016 Republican and Democratic Conventions
    The history of the election results since 1900 including electoral and popular votes
    Inset maps showing the electoral results since 1992
    Asterisks denoting Maine and Nebraska as district method states instead of winner-take-all

With the map, you and your students can discover the number of electoral votes assigned to each state, analyze the 2012 results, trace trends in Electoral College history, and make informed predictions about the 2016 race. You can also use our related resources on the C-SPAN Classroom website to help students branch out and make further connections as you study the campaign and election process in depth.