Supreme Court Rules State 'Faithless Elector' Laws Constitutional
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National Archives: About the electors
A page detailing the qualifications, selection process, roles, and restrictions for electors from the National Archives.
2020 Presidential Election Interactive Map
See how electors are broken down by state, and how various combinations of election outcomes by state would allow a presidential candidate from either party to win using this interactive Electoral College map.
Civics101: Electoral College
This episode of the Civics101 podcast features two political science professors and a former elector to help listeners understand the electoral process.
Crash Course Government and Politics: Election Basics
In this episode, Craig gives an overview of how U.S. elections work, including the Electoral College.
iCivics: Win the White House Game
Run your own presidential campaign and learn about the Electoral College, the popular vote, and how candidates have to balance both during their run for the Oval Office.
The History of Race and the Electoral College
Hear how race and racism impacted the creation and efforts to reform the Electoral College process.
Ron's Office Hours: The Electoral College
NPR's Ron Elving tells us what we need to know about the Electoral College, how it works, and if it's fair.
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