Election Trivia Answer

The answer is 11.

Here’s how:

The eleven most populous states are:

  • California – 55 votes
  • Texas  – 38 votes
  • Florida – 29 votes
  • New York – 29 votes
  • Illinois – 20 votes
  • Pennsylvania – 20 votes
  • Ohio – 18 votes
  • Georgia – 16 votes
  • Michigan – 16 votes
  • North Carolina – 15 votes
  • New Jersey – 14 votes

That is a total of 270 votes. Now comes the “unlikely” part.

If one, and only one, citizen in each of these states makes it to a polling place and casts their vote for candidate Dave, that candidate will win each of these eleven states by a popular total of 1-0.  Such a result would pile those 270 electoral votes in that Dave’s pile and BOOM!  Election over.

The remainder of the nation, tens of millions of votes, could all be cast for the opposing candidate Romeo, and all 39 remaining states (and the District of Columbia) would be won by that candidate, and by a popular vote of, oh, let’s say 105,644,295 to 11, the Romeo would lose the Electoral College 270-268.

Of course it would never happen.  The point is that it could.

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Author: Paul Krendler

The Thinking Man’s Zombie

13 thoughts on “Election Trivia Answer”

  1. No, I don't believe this is correct. The answer is zero, to the best of my knowledge. I do not believe the electors are bound to vote for "their" candidate. The electors could vote in Theo Epstein if they wanted to do so.

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    1. It depends on the state. In some I understand there are legal penalties if electors do not vote for "their" candidate in the first round. Still an elector could be "faithless" as long as they are willing to accept the consequences.

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  2. Apropos of nothing: found a new Netflix series, which appears to be a semi-documentary about the life of Roman emperor Commodus. So far there are two problems with it:

    1) The actor playing Marcus Aurelius looks nothing like the statues of Marcus Aurelius. He's way too mean-looking.

    2) The narrator is Sean Bean. This is the first time I've expected the narrator to die at some point.

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  3. O/T but I see Bill is out there still just making shit up.

    http://imgur.com/a/jawoL

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  4. Speaking of things that will never happen, ratification of the necessary Constitutional Amendment to eliminate the Electoral College is one of them.

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