California has 55 electoral votes in the Electoral College, the most of any state.
Bell Jr., serves as General Counsel to the California Republican Party. Currently, as in most states, California’s votes in the electoral college are distributed in a winner-take-all manner; whichever presidential candidate wins the state’s popular vote wins all 55 of the state’s electoral votes.
1852 United States presidential election in California
|Home state||New Hampshire||New Jersey|
|Running mate||William R. King||William A. Graham|
Electoral votes, out of 538, allocated to each state and the District of Columbia for presidential elections held in 2012, 2016 and 2020, based on congressional representation, which depends on population data from the 2010 Census. Every jurisdiction is entitled to at least 3.
|hide2016 U.S. presidential election in California|
|Party||Presidential candidate||Popular vote|
|Independent||Jerry White (write-in)||84|
|Date||November 8, 2016||Total voters|
|Turnout %||Registered: 75.27% VAP: 58.74%||Turnout votes|
80.7% as of December 3, 2020, 8:47 a.m.
|Gubernatorial||November 6, 2018||64.54%|
|Presidential||November 8, 2016||75.27%|
|Gubernatorial||November 4, 2014||42.20%|
|Presidential||November 6, 2012||72.36%|
The slate winning the most popular votes is the winner. Only two states, Nebraska and Maine, do not follow this winner-take-all method. In those states, electoral votes are proportionally allocated. Can a candidate win the electoral vote, but lose the popular vote?
Electoral votes are allocated among the States based on the Census. Every State is allocated a number of votes equal to the number of senators and representatives in its U.S. Congressional delegation—two votes for its senators in the U.S. Senate plus a number of votes equal to the number of its Congressional districts.
How does California select its electors? On or before October 1 of the presidential election year, each party’s nominee must file a list containing the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the 55 electors pledges to him/her. Each party determines its own method for selecting electors.
1952 United States presidential election in Texas
|Home state||New York||Illinois|
|Running mate||Richard Nixon||John Sparkman|
|1900 United States presidential election in Texas|
1900 United States presidential election in Florida
|Running mate||Adlai Stevenson I||Theodore Roosevelt|
In the United States, a contingent election is the procedure used to elect the president or vice president in the event that no candidate for one or both of these offices wins an absolute majority of votes in the Electoral College. Senators, on the other hand, cast votes individually for vice president.
The Electoral College was created by the framers of the U.S. Constitution as an alternative to electing the president by popular vote or by Congress. Several weeks after the general election, electors from each state meet in their state capitals and cast their official vote for president and vice president.
Wisconsin has 10 electoral votes in the Electoral College.