U.S. citizens, 18 years of age or older, think they have the right to vote for presidential candidates in the national election. Not exactly! In the United States, when citizens cast their ballots for the President, they are actually voting for a slate of electors. Electors then cast the votes that decide who becomes the next President of the United States. How does this process work, and is it still the best system?
From TED ED – Does Your Vote Count?
An animated explanation of the differences between individual votes and each state’s electoral votes during Presidential elections.