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The Electoral College is Weird

© 2011 John Nelson, IDV Solutions a visual guide to the uneven terrain of the Electoral College rindirect vote for United States President & your You don't vote directhų for the United States President. Electoral College "Electors" do. Different states get different amounts of Electors -which means your vote is worth more or less depending an where you're from. How Much Will I Count to the Electoral College in 2012? It Depends... 67% MORE than the overall US Ø california, New York, and Texas have the least per-person say Ø Wyoming, Washington DC, and Vermont have the most per-person say ® One person in Wyoming is worth more than three and a haif californians! CA NY TX FL IL OH NC PA NJ MI VA GA MO MA IN AZ TN MD wil LA WA Co lOR KYOK ALTMN SclCT IA IMS ARİKSUT NVINM ID WVI NE HI ME MT NH DE SD RI AKINDİVT DCcwy 18% LESS than the overall US States with larger populations tend to have smaller per-person weight in the Electoral College. Wikipedia will tell you why. WA MT ME ND VT NH OR MN ID SD WI NY MA MI wy CT IA PA NE NJ NV OH UT IL IN D DE CO WV VA KS MO Ky NC TN OK AZ NM AR SC AL GA MS LA AK FL A state's number of Electors is deterwined by how many Congress members they have -which is partialliy based on population. So when new census counts come out, it impacts the Presidential Election, too. 2008 VS. 2012...Relative Winners & Losers Between the Two Elections GAIN or LOSS of per-person influence in the Electoral College between the '08 and '12 Presidential Elections States that lost per-person influence between elections -19.0% ND -5.4% NE 8-2.8% AR 8-2.0% ME 0 -1.0% IA LA -15.1% MI -5.3% MT 8-2.7% DC 0-2.0% RI • -0.2% OH -I1.5% IL -5.2% AL 8-2.7% SD 0-1.9% NH 0.0% MO L-I1.0% AK4.9% WV 8-2.5% IN 0-18% FL 0 4.5% MA-9.4% NM -4.1% KS 8-2.4% OR O-1.7% WA O 5.7% NJ -8.9% NC 8-3.4% MD -2.3% MN O-1.6% GA 6.0% NU -6.6% OK 8 3.3% CT 82.2% VT 0-1.5% TX 7.0% wy-6.6% VA 3.1% CO 0-2.2% KU 0-1.5% SC 8.3% PA -6.4% ID 8 3.0% TN 8-2.2% MS 0-1.3%| AZ 10.3% HI -6.2% DE -2.8% CA 0-2.1% WI 0-1.3% NV 13.T% 15.3% UT Utahans will get the biggest per-person jump in Ø the Electoral College since the previous Presidential Election, while lowans get the biggest per-person loss. Number of Elector votes GAINED or LOST per state between the '08 and 'I2 Elections LOST Electors GAINED Electors ikis New York a ohio 3 lowa A illinois 3 Louisiana 3 Massachusetts 3 Michigan A Missouri A New Jersey a Pennsylvania O000 Texas OO Florida Washington O utah O South Carolina O Nevada O Georgia Arizona The number of Electoral College votes a state gets is Ø the same as its number of representatives in Congress (which is largely determined by population). Washington DC (not a state) isn't allowed more Electoral Votes than the least populous state, which is Wyoming, at 3. Sources: 2008 population estimates, Us Census Bureau 2010 population (as proxy for 2012 population), us Census Bureau Electoral College apportionment and changes, us Census Burea and Wikipedia States that gained per-person influence

The Electoral College is Weird

shared by johnmnelson on Dec 20
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One person, one vote? Hardly. Not all votes are the same. No matter where you stand when it comes to the Electoral College, it's still interesting that one vote in Wyoming is worth three and a half...


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