Adam Ruins Everything: The Electoral College Ruins Democracy
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Adam Conover explains how the electoral college system is unfair by favoring voters in states with smaller populations. He also contends that swing states have significantly more power than any other state and that 80% of votes have no impact on the outcome of presidential elections. He clarifies that the public votes for its state's electors, not the president, while the electors cast the vote for the president and vice president.

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  1. How does a voter in Wyoming have more power in the electoral college than a voter in California?
  2. What is a swing state? How do they affect elections?
  3. How does the electoral college work?

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  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    explain the process of electing the president of the United States and analyze the Electoral College
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    analyze the functions of political parties and their role in the electoral process at local, state, ...

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