Commentary: How much do you know about the Electoral College?

By Tristiaña Hinton

  1. Let’s start easy: What role does the Electoral College play?
    1. Educates voters on how the election process works.
    2. Produces experts on the Constitution.
    3. Decides who will be the president and vice president.
    4. Creates the citizenship exam.
  1. When does the Electoral College meet?
    1. November.
    2. December.
    3. January.
    4. None of the above.
  1. How many electors are there?
    1. 538.
    2. 539.
    3. 540.
    4. 541.
  1. Which location has fewer than three electoral votes?
    1. Vermont.
    2. Delaware.
    3. Wyoming.
    4. Washington, D.C.
    5. None of the above.
  1. Of the 50 states and D.C., how many have a winner-take-all electoral vote process?
    1. 47.
    2. 48.
    3. 49.
    4. 50.
  1. What is a faithless elector?
    1. An elector who is an atheist.
    2. An elector who casts his/her vote by mail.
    3. An elector who votes differently from the state’s popular vote.
    4. An elector who votes by proxy.
  1. How many states legally require electors to be faithful?
    1. 8.
    2. 16.
    3. 24.
    4. 32.
  1. How many electoral votes are needed to become president?
    1. 195.
    2. 260.
    3. 245.
    4. None of the above.
  1. Which election was closest in the Electoral College?
    1. 1876 (Rutherford Hayes defeated Samuel Tilden).
    2. 1960 (John F. Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon).
    3. 2000 (George W. Bush defeated Al Gore).
    4. 2016 (Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton).
  1. In how many presidential elections did the winner lose the popular vote?
    1. None.
    2. 4.
    3. 5.
    4. 8.

Tristiaña Hinton is audience development editor at The Fulcrum. This quiz was first published by The Fulcrum at thefulcrum.us/how-much-do-you-know-about-the-electoral-college and is used here by permission.

Answers:

  1. Decides who will be the president and vice president.
  2. December.
  3. 538.
  4. None of the above.
  5. 49.
  6. An elector who votes differently from the state’s popular vote.
  7. 32.
  8. None of the above.
  9. 1876 (Rutherford Hayes defeated Samuel Tilden).
  10. 5.