Becoming President: How Votes Are Counted

Video Description:

Learn about the electoral college and why the number 270 is so important.

Video Transcript:

When people cast their vote, they are actually voting for a group of people called electors.

The number of electors each state gets is equal to its total number of Senators and Representatives in Congress. A total of 538 electors form the Electoral College.

Each elector casts one vote following the general election. The candidate who gets 270 votes or more wins.

The newly elected President and Vice President are then inaugurated on January 20th.

For more information, go to kids.usa.gov/president.

Page last updated: Mar 6th, 2017