Swing States in US Elections
What is Electoral College? "The Electoral College is a process, not a place. The founding fathers established it in the Constitution as a compromise between election of the President by a vote in Congress and election of the President by a popular vote of qualified citizens."(More at National Archive)
Electoral College 2012
"The recent decennial census altered States’ weight in the Electoral College. Following each census, the United State Census Bureau conducts a process called reapportionment during which States are assigned a number of seats in the United States House of Representatives based on population. These changes to the way Americans select their president warrant an updated explanation of the system in time for the 2012 presidential election." (Source: EAC)
Non GovDocs Links
Electoral College (United States) (Wikipedia)
Electoral College Teaching Resource
- Tally of the 1824 Electoral College Vote – NARA Electoral College Lesson Plan
- Ben's Guide to U.S. Government For Kids
- Electoral College (Department of State)
- Electoral College System Affects U.S. Campaign Strategies - U.S. Department of State - IIP Digital
- Electoral College Calculator
- Library of Congress: Elections the American Way
- Electoral College Teachers Guide – Cobblestone Publishing
- Electoral College – Surfing the Net with Kids
- The Electoral College – Social Studies for Kids
- How the President is Elected – Social Studies for Kids
- Elections and Voting – Teach-nology
- PBS: Lesson Plans, Curriculum Guide, Web Resources
- HotChalk's Election Lesson Plans
- Scholastic News Online: Election 2008
- Nickelodeon: Kids Pick the President
Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a selected list of questions from NARA's website. To view the complete list of questions and answers, click here.
- Why do we have the Electoral College?
- What proposals have been made to change the Electoral College system?
- How does the Electoral College process work in my state?
- What are the responsibilities of the Electors in the Electoral College process?
- What are the qualifications to be an Elector?
- Who selects the Electors?
- Must Electors vote for the candidate who won their state’s popular vote?
- May I attend the meeting of my State’s Electors to watch them vote