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How did Hillary Clinton win popular vote, but lose election?

How did Hillary Clinton win popular vote, but lose election?

Activists are circulating online petitions and using social media in hopes of influencing Republican electors to cast their ballots for someone other than President-elect Donald Trump and deprive him of the 270 Electoral College votes needed to become the next occupant of the White House.

Donald Trump won almost 60 more Electoral College votes than Hillary Clinton, but the Democratic presidential nominee's popular vote continues to advance over her opponent's as ballots pour in from the last few states to be counted, including Michigan, Washington, and Utah.

Here are some ramifications of the Electoral College victor trumping the popular vote victor. Ms, Clinton won California on 8 November by more than 3 million votes but claimed the same amount of electoral votes as of she'd won it by only 3,000.

According to TIME, Clinton now leads the popular vote by approximately one million votes.

All of this will only grow stronger as Clinton's lead continues to grow, too.

"It's a complicated institution in some ways, and it's one that emphasizes state interests over who wins the most votes", said University of New Mexico professor Lonna Atkeson, who is also the director of the Center for the Study of Voting, Elections, and Democracy. These electors are expected to cast their votes for the candidates selected by the popular vote in their state.

Each state has an elector for every congressperson they have, plus D.C. gets three, resulting in 538 people in the Electoral College. Some states, like California, count absentee votes that arrive after the election, as long as they are postmarked by Election Day.

"There's no amount of money you could pay me to (change my vote)", Lynne Davis, an Electoral College member from Lascassas, told The Tennessean. The 11 members were chosen by the state Republican Party and are scheduled to assemble on December 19 to cast their votes. The state has until November 28 to make the results official.

Many say this system is "unfair", and that the total number of individual votes from all the states is a more accurate gauge for who the president should be.

The Electoral College is designed so that the number of electors for each state is equal to the number of Representatives that the state has in Congress (based on the state's population), plus one vote for each Senator. The convention had agreed to count each slave as three-fifths of a person for the goal of calculating each state's allotment of seats in Congress.

In any event, despite the numerous laws punishing faithless electors, none have ever been prosecuted and many legal scholars believe the laws are unconstitutional.

National Popular Vote Initiative supporters tried again in 2011.

Any calls to scrap the Electoral College aren't likely to go anywhere this time, either, with Republicans controlling both the House and Senate.

Despite the clamor to revise the Electoral College's processes, don't hold your breath because it might not be happening soon.

Boxer's move to alter the electoral college system is not unprecedented. "Trump didn't bring out new voters; what he brought out were irregular voters".