How are votes counted in the US presidential election?

Thursday, 05 November 2020
The US presidential election system is in the interest of some states, such as the least populated. The US presidential election system is in the interest of some states, such as the least populated. Photo source: - Compilation of news visibility from Google

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Vision Egypt News: - The system of electing the President of the United States was ratified in 1788, not understood by many people, and controversial at the level of American society, unlike what is happening in all Western democracies, how is the election of the first man in the world?

The president of America is elected by the delegates or the major voters in the Electoral College, who number 538, instead of being directly tipped by the popular vote by the citizens.

In the United States, the presidential candidate needs to obtain 270 electoral votes in order to ensure his access to the White House.

American voters vote in each state separately, to choose the delegates, not the president, then these delegates vote on the presidential candidate, and the delegate can not abide by what the base they voted for.

The number of delegates varies from state to state, due to the varying population. California, for example, has 55 delegates in the electoral college, while the number does not exceed 3 delegates in Montana.

Critics argue that the biggest problem with this system is the "winner takes all" rule, which is in place in all states except for Nebraska and Maine.

Under this rule, if a party’s candidate obtains a majority in a particular state, he / she takes all the delegates ’votes in that state.

As for the party that gets fewer votes in that state, it will not have delegates in the electoral college, although it has won the support of millions of people.

Because of this system, a presidential candidate may get the largest number of votes in the entire United States, but he may lose the elections, because he did not win in the electoral college, and this is what happened in the 2000 and 2016 elections.

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