Motion graphic: Understanding the electoral vs. popular vote

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On election night, everyone will be counting to see which candidate reaches 270 Electoral College votes. Those votes, allocated among states, will determine who the president is, not the popular vote. Why is that?

Michigan State University journalism student Katie Winkler explains why in this MI First Election video graphic.

You can see several more video explanations about the election 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 College

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