It has been suggested the Electoral College is an 18th century relic and should be scraped in favor of a direct popular vote, or modified to lessen the importance of the 11 largest states in the quest for electoral votes. The election of the President and Vice-President are based on the outcomes of 51 different contests in the 50 states and District of Columbia. The candidate receiving the majority of the popular vote for a state receives that states electoral votes, so the president is elected for all intents and purposes by popular vote. On every channel covering the presidential elections you will see an exhibit of some sort displaying the aggregate nationwide popular vote total. These totals are useful for statistical information purposes only. The United States does not hold national elections for president. The process is 51 separate elections held by each state and the District of Columbia. The populations of each state cast their vote for President and Vice-President, and the
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