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What is the Electoral College?

We figured this would be one of THE most asked questions for the day/night. So, here is the data straight from the Congressional Research Service about the Electoral College and the number of votes each state has.

Quick disclaimer:

[box type=”info” align=”aligncenter” ]The Office of the Federal Register presents this material for informational purposes only, in response to numerous public inquiries. The list has no legal significance. It is based on information compiled by the Congressional Research Service. For more comprehensive information, refer to the statutory provisions provided.[/box]

No Legal Requirement
Electors in these States are not bound by State Law to cast their vote for a specific candidate:

ARIZONA – 10 Electoral Votes
ARKANSAS – 6 Electoral Votes
DELAWARE – 3 Electoral Votes
GEORGIA – 15 Electoral Votes
IDAHO – 4 Electoral Votes
ILLINOIS – 21 Electoral Votes
INDIANA – 11 Electoral Votes
IOWA – 7 Electoral Votes
KANSAS – 6 Electoral Votes
KENTUCKY – 8 Electoral Votes
LOUISIANA – 9 Electoral Votes
MINNESOTA – 10 Electoral Votes
MISSOURI – 11 Electoral Votes
NEW HAMPSHIRE – 4 Electoral Votes
NEW JERSEY – 15 Electoral Votes
NEW YORK – 31 Electoral Votes
NORTH DAKOTA – 3 Electoral Votes
PENNSYLVANIA – 21 Electoral Votes
RHODE ISLAND – 4 Electoral Votes
SOUTH DAKOTA – 3 Electoral Votes
TENNESSEE – 11 Electoral Votes
TEXAS – 34 Electoral Votes
UTAH – 5 Electoral Votes
WEST VIRGINIA – 5 Electoral Votes

Legal Requirements or Pledges
Electors in these States are bound by State Law or by pledges to cast their vote for a specific candidate:

ALABAMA – 9 Electoral Votes
ALASKA – 3 Electoral Votes
CALIFORNIA – 55 Electoral Votes
COLORADO – 9 Electoral Votes
CONNECTICUT – 7 Electoral Votes
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA – 3 Electoral Votes
FLORIDA – 27 Electoral Votes
HAWAII – 4 Electoral Votes
MAINE – 4 Electoral Votes
MARYLAND – 10 Electoral Votes
MASSACHUSETTS – 12 Electoral Votes
MICHIGAN – 17 Electoral Votes
MISSISSIPPI – 6 Electoral Votes
MONTANA – 3 Electoral Votes
NEBRASKA – 5 Electoral Votes
NEVADA – 5 Electoral Votes
NEW MEXICO – 5 Electoral Votes
NORTH CAROLINA – 15 Electoral Votes
OHIO – 20 Electoral Votes
OKLAHOMA – 7 Electoral Votes
OREGON – 7 Electoral Votes
SOUTH CAROLINA – 8 Electoral Votes
VERMONT – 3 Electoral Votes
* VIRGINIA – 13 Electoral Votes
WASHINGTON – 11 Electoral Votes
WISCONSIN – 10 Electoral Votes
WYOMING – 3 Electoral Votes

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