Motion graphic: Understanding the Electoral College

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A system intended to balance the vote between the popular vote and relative strengths in Congress has given us the Electoral College and lively way to watch results get calculated on Election Day.

In a MI First Election video graphic, Michigan State journalism student Amie Mommersteeg shows how the college works, why individual votes matter less than statewide majorities and how results are calculated.

You can see other video explainers here:

How U.S. Supreme Court Justices are appointed

Understanding who can and cannot vote

Understanding absentee voting

Understanding political polls

Understanding red states, blue states and purple states

Understanding how proposals get on the ballot

Understanding how much it costs to win an election

Understanding gerrymandering

Understanding the electoral vs. popular vote

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