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How Many People Vote
U.S. turnout in the 2012 presidential election was 53.6%, based on 129.1 million votes cast and an estimated voting-age population of just under 241 million people. Looking at the most recent national elections in OECD countries, the highest turnout rates were in Belgium (87.2%), Turkey (84.3%) and Sweden (82.6%).
When Is The Electoral college
Electors assemble in their respective states on Monday after the second Wednesday in December. They are pledged and expected, but not required, to vote for the candidates they represent. Separate ballots are cast for President and Vice President, after which the electoral college ceases to exist for another four years.
How Did The Electoral Cllege Start
In each presidential election year, a group of candidates for elector is nominated by political parties and other groupings in each state, usually at a state party convention, or by the party state committee. It is these elector-candidates, rather than the presidential and vice presidential nominees, for whom the people vote in the November election, which is held on Tuesday after the first Monday in November. In most states, voters cast a single vote for the slate of electors pledged to the party presidential and vice presidential candidates of their choice.
What Is A Eletroal college
On Election Day in 1872, Democratic candidate Horace Greeley received 66 electoral votes in a landslide loss to incumbent Ulysses S. Grant. Before electors could meet, however, Greeley passed away. Although federal law allows electors pledged to a deceased or incapacitated candidate to vote for whomever they want, three Georgia electors in 1872 still cast their ballots for Greeley. The votes were invalidated, however, because Greeley was ineligible to serve on account of being, well, dead.