What Is the Electoral College? - Definition & Explanation


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When American citizens vote for President, they are voting for _____

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1. The people that actually cast votes for President are called _____

2. Which of the following is not part of the equation for the Electoral College?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo tests you on the function of the Electoral College in presidential elections. You'll need to know how each state uses the Electoral College.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Citizen involvement in presidential elections
  • The term for people who actually cast votes for President as part of the Electoral College
  • The Electoral College equation
  • The state-by-state systems for counting Electoral College Votes
  • The process for electing a President if there's a tie in the Electoral College

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related Electoral College lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about how citizens contribute to electing the President in a different light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast winner-take-all systems and popular vote calculations for the Electoral College

Additional Learning

To learn more about the Electoral College, review the accompanying lesson called What Is the Electoral College? - Definition & Explanation. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the history of the Electoral College
  • Contrast how the Electoral College behaves in relation to the popular vote
  • Identify key parts of the Electoral College equation