Electoral College Electors Cast Their Votes

On the Monday after the second Wednesday in December, the Electoral College electors meet and physically cast their vote for President and Vice President.

How are Electoral College electors selected? Could the Electoral College system ever change? These Discovery Education resources explore the history, and possible future, of the Electoral College.


Casting Ballots

Video Segment, Grades 6-8, 9-12

This video (at :50) describes the specific logistics of what happens when electors vote, where they meet, how they cast their ballots, where they send the ballots, and when those ballots are opened and counted on January 6 during a joint session of Congress.

Chase the Race: The Popular Vote and Electoral College

Video, Grades 6-8, 9-12

Covers a number of topics related to the voting process in the United States. The program delves into why every vote matters and examines the difference between the popular and electoral vote.

Electoral College

Encyclopedia Article, 6-8, 9-12

A text-based description of the electoral college that includes history, state-by-state count of electors, and current issues surrounding the electoral college.

How the Electoral College Elects the President

Video Segment, Grades 3-5, 6-8

Explores the history of the Electoral College. At the Constitutional Convention in 1787, delegates designed the Electoral College, which gave each state a number of electors equal to its representation in Congress. The 12th Amendment says that electors should cast one vote for president and one vote for vice president.

The PBS NewsHour: Could the Electoral College System Ever Change?

Video, Grades 9-12

President-elect Donald Trump captures the White House by winning the Electoral College, even though Hillary Clinton wins about 2.8 million votes more than Trump. In response, some are calling for a national popular vote to decide the election. Josh Tucker, a politics professor at New York University, joins Alison Stewart to discuss.

Stuff You Should Know Podcast: How the Electoral College Works

Audio, Grades 6-8, 9-12

When you vote in an American presidential election, you’re not voting for your candidate – you’re voting for a group of people you hope will in turn vote for your candidate. Listen in to learn more about the strange process for electing the president.

Spotlight on Strategies: PMI

Instructional Idea, Educator

PMI is a teaching strategy that helps students weigh the pros and cons and evaluate ideas to make a decision. As students review a resource, such as Almost Painless Guide: The Electoral College, have students note pros and cons to a central idea, such as why we have the Electoral College.

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