This Tuesday, November 3rd, is election day for the 2020 Presidential election! To be elected, a candidate needs a majority of Electoral College votes. The Electoral College is a group of people called electors. Each state has a certain number of electors that is determined from both size and population of each state. When the majority of votes in one state are for a certain candidate, that candidate will get the state’s electoral college votes. The purpose of the Electoral College is so that the most populated states (like New York, California, and Texas) don’t decide the whole election. With the Electoral College, all the states are represented in the election.
Another important thing to understand during an election is what the duties will be of the candidate who is elected. Download the Presidential Jobs handout to learn about the jobs of the president!