|Click to view, and know that we are just trying to call it as we see it, not as we necessarily want it. Will and Bridget in particular are trying to stave off disappointment.|
As a scatter-brained and unfocused Constitution/political science junkie (unlike the Chief, who is a focused, trained Constitution/political science junkie), I just know that if more people were educated in the political processes of our country, including that pesky Electoral College and its ways, we’d be better off. (There are a lot of other things I would encourage knowing if I could concentrate: How a bill is passed, what forms of government we have at the various levels, how a candidate is chosen… all sorts of fun things.)
For a printable blank Electoral College map, go here. (I found that it prints bigger if you right click and print rather than go to your own printer dialog box.)*
Combine coloring and shouting! (Why does my family shout about these things?**) Make sure your kids know that the popular vote isn’t what matters! Finally get it about that pesky EC!
For a round-up of the latest in polling, trends in swing states, and past histories, go here. [updated: Here is this year’s map — if you look just above the map, you will see boxes that let you do your own or go with RealClearPolitic’s projections.]
This site also includes links for maps of the races in the House and Senate, and plenty of other junkie-worthy material. Learn American geography and civics all at once! Fire up your biggest computer screen! Get out your crayons!
A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win. What if neither gets to that number?
Can you watch your electors vote? (I kind of want to do this!!)
Will is making us pick our count now — deciding on swing states and doubling down. Then on election night we will be checking to see how we did!
*Pro tip: I haven’t found a blank map that shows that Nebraska and Maine each have a split in their electoral votes, 4 + 1 and 3 + 1, respectively. In the past it has mattered; this time unlikely to. Still. Write it in the margin of the paper.
**We all agree, by the way. Makes the shouting… Inherent? Superfluous? Unfathomable?