The Electoral College Explained (In TED Video)

    November 5, 2012
    Chris Crum
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TED has put out a new video explaining the Electoral College, for those of you who would like to see how it works. It’s not a usual TED Talk-style video, but rather a five-minute animated clip with a voice over by Christina Greer.

“Discover how your individual vote contributes to the popular vote and your state’s electoral vote in different ways–and see how votes are counted on both state and national levels,” the TED Education YouTube channel explains.

The animation was done by Marked Animation.

  • Deb M.

    It should be one person…one vote and make them all swing states. No candidate should have an advantage simply because he gets more electoral votes than popular votes. Candidates should be elected based on “popular vote”.

  • Krystle

    Great detailed video. I never understood the electoral college until now.

  • deedee

    “Candidates should be elected based on ‘popular vote'”.

    In other words, the US should be a democracy, not a federal republic.

    Thomas Jefferson had it right when he said “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”

    ALL democracies throughout history have eventually failed.