VERIFY: Why we vote, despite the Electoral College's role in determining the president
The VERIFY team has received a lot of questions regarding the electoral college, and the voting system across the United States.
Viewer Lois A. wrote to the team and asked: “If the Electoral College determines the President, why do we even vote? Why is [the] popular vote so important?”
Why do we still have people vote if the Electoral College ultimately determines the outcome of the election anyway?
Our votes decide who is in the electoral college, and the electoral college votes to decide who wins the election. Put simply, you’re voting for a representative (elector) who will vote for the candidate you want to win.