From 2010 to 2020, North Carolina was allocated 12 electoral votes. Each state is allocated votes based on the most recent Census, so the allocated votes remained the same for the 2012, 2016 and 2020 elections.
The Electoral College is an integral part of the process used in electing the President and Vice President of the United States. As of 2014, there are 538 electoral votes divided among the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Each state's number of votes is allocated according to the state's population. The candidate who receives the absolute majority (270 electoral votes as of 2014) is declared the winner of the election.