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Informer: Voters to vote for other voters on Election Day

Last Modified: Sunday, November 04, 2012 10:07 PM

By Andrew Perzo / American Press

Is the president elected by the popular vote or the Electoral College? My daughter tells me that only the Electoral College votes for the president.

Your daughter is correct.

As The Informer noted four years ago, under the Electoral College system, citizens on Election Day vote for other voters, who then later cast ballots on behalf of the individual states.

In Louisiana, political parties involved in the presidential race must select eight people — one for each congressional district and two at large — to vote for their candidates in the event they win the popular vote.

The slate of electors for the Republican Party:

  • Jimmy C. Allen, at large.
  • Louis S. Gurvich Jr., at large.
  • Michael R. Bayham Jr., 1st District.
  • Garrett C. Monti, 2nd District.
  • Christian J. Gil, 3rd District.
  • Harold O. Coates, 4th District.
  • Legena “Gena” Gore, 5th District.
  • S. Scott Wilfong, 6th District.

The slate of electors for the Democratic Party:

  • Karen Carter Peterson, at large.
  • Shane Riddle, at large.
  • Gilda Werner Reed, 1st District.
  • Jay H. Banks, 2nd District.
  • Diana Hamilton, 3rd District.
  • Cedric Bradford Glover, 4th District.
  • Leslie Dandridge Durham, 5th District.
  • Kyle Gautreau, 6th District.

Online: www.geauxvote.com.


Electoral College made up of 538 votes

Could you list the number of Electoral College votes that each state has?

Sure thing.

Alabama — 9 Alaska — 3

Arizona — 11 Arkansas — 6

California — 55 Colorado — 9

Connecticut — 7 Delaware — 3

D.C. — 3 Florida — 29

Georgia — 16 Hawaii — 4

Idaho — 4 Illinois — 20

Indiana — 11 Iowa — 6

Kansas — 6 Kentucky — 8

Louisiana — 8 Maine — 4

Maryland — 10 Mass. — 11

Michigan — 16 Minn. — 10

Mississippi — 6 Missouri — 10

Montana — 3 Nebraska — 5

Nevada — 6 N.H. — 4

N.J. — 14 N.M. — 5

N.Y. — 29 N.C. — 15

N.D. — 3 Ohio — 18

Oklahoma — 7 Oregon — 7

Pa. — 20 R.I. — 4

S.C. — 9 S.D. — 3

Tennessee — 11 Texas — 38

Utah — 6 Vermont — 3

Virginia — 13 Wash. — 12

W.Va. — 5 Wis. —10

Wyo. — 3

To be elected president, a candidate must garner at least 270 of the 538 electoral votes.

Online: www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college.

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The Informer answers questions from readers each Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. It is researched and written by Andrew Perzo, an American Press staff writer. To ask a question, call 494-4098, press 5 and leave voice mail, or email informer@americanpress.com

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