Elections

Elections

Understanding the Electoral College: 'A process not a place'

Devised in 1787, the purpose of the Electoral College was a compromise to set a balance between those who wanted the popular vote to determine the election and those who didn't want public input. The number of Congress members a state has is how many electoral votes that state gets. The 2016 election is the fifth time that the Electoral College has resulted in a split verdict of one candidate winning the popular vote and the other the electoral vote – the latter being the one that decides the presidency.

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Protesters try to change minds of electoral voters

Faisal Khan of the Carolina Peace Center speaks during an electoral college protest outside of the State Capitol Monday, Dec. 19, 2016 in Raleigh, N.C.
Jill Knight jhknight@newsobserver.com
Protesters try to change minds of electoral voters 1:07

Protesters try to change minds of electoral voters

Understanding the Electoral College: 'A process not a place' 2:45

Understanding the Electoral College: 'A process not a place'

Confrontation between Dallas Woodhouse and NAACP attorney at NC Legislature 1:08

Confrontation between Dallas Woodhouse and NAACP attorney at NC Legislature

Trump's nominee for secretary of defense thanks NC crowd on 'thank you tour' 2:59

Trump's nominee for secretary of defense thanks NC crowd on 'thank you tour'