As a Canadian and follower of U.S. politics, the college remains a mystery to me. Can someone please explain how it works in terms of overall electoral outcomes? Every American citizen gets to vote directly for the President (or at least I think that is the case). Very different from the system here.
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So in a Federal election, the President's name does not appear on the ballot, only the names of the state representatives for each party, is that correct?
No. The candidate's. The representatives to the "electoral college" are not really chosen any more. They used to do that for those people to go to a meeting (college) to relay the votes. Now people know who gets those electoral votes that night.
Patty, your Hub is super. If I understand this correctly, the Presidential candidates' names appear on the ballot that individual voters see. You cast your vote for the person you want as President, and in December the Electors ratify that vote?
Ratify in December is the rule, but I wonder how many Electors vote for their own preference rather than the Peoples'?
Is there no way to find out how the Electors voted?
That I do not know for sure, but I sense that their votes must be of public record. I recall some reports of a few Electors voting their own minds in the last two or three Presidential Elections. I must pay more attention in 2012.