What Journalists Need to Know & Explain About the Electoral College

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By: Al Tompkins | Poynter.org

Three times in United States history, the person who became president did not receive the majority of popular votes — 1824, 1876, 2000.

Polls have consistently shown a large majority of Americans want the system changed. The National Popular Vote bill would change the way we elect presidents; it has passed in nine state legislatures.

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