Informer: Voters to vote for other voters on Election Day

By 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:

The slate of electors for the Democratic Party:

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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