After the grueling period of anger, confusion, and triumph, the Electoral College will finally determine who will be the next president of the United States.
The Electoral College is comprised of 538 people, who will be making the official presidential elect official. Donald Trump lost the popular vote by a landslide. However, he won more electoral votes than his opponent, Hillary Clinton. The anger sparked by his loss of the popular vote has made the electoral college the most trending topic since the election.
So, who exactly are the Electors that comprise the Electoral College? Each state’s political parties choose specific people to cast votes. They can have ties with political candidates or even be elected leaders. For example, this year Bill Clinton is an elector for New York.
How does each state decide who their vote goes to? Contrary to popular belief, the electoral college is not required to cast their vote for the candidate who won the popular vote in their state. There are no laws that state that electors must vote in any which way. An elector places a vote for a candidate based on an informal connection with a political party.
Can the Electoral College cast their votes in favor of Clinton winning the election? Probably not. Considering Donald Trump already won more electoral votes, despite Hillary Clinton’s overwhelming lead in the popular vote, this is highly unlikely. A few electors may cast their votes in favor of Clinton, but this will probably not change the outcome of the election.