As of 2014, a candidate needs 270 out of 538 total electoral votes to win the election. A candidate must receive more than half the votes in the Electoral College in order to become president.
The Electoral College is comprised of electors for the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Each state's electoral votes are determined by the amount of representatives it has in Congress. The District of Columbia and 48 states award all electoral votes to the candidate who receives the majority of the popular votes in the state. If no candidate receives enough votes to win, the president is chosen by the House of Representatives from the three candidates receiving the most electoral votes.Learn More
To decide which candidate you should vote for, find out which one you believe best represents the interests of his or her constituents. Do this by researching each candidate's voting record as well as their positions on current issues, according to Smart Voter.Full Answer >
Front-loading is the practice of scheduling state party caucuses and primary elections earlier and earlier than the general election. The act of front-loading provides decisive momentum toward one political nominee over another.Full Answer >
Only one issue appeared on the Ohio ballot in 2014. Issue 1 concerned the use of general obligation monetary bonds to fund public infrastructure in the state. It appeared on the May 6 ballot, and passed with 65 percent of voters in favor of it.Full Answer >
A diversity candidate is an individual who brings unique perspectives to an organization. Diversity candidates include minorities, women, people with disabilities, gays, lesbians and members of other non-traditional groups.Full Answer >