US-General Election - What is the electoral college?
The Electoral College is the group of citizens elected by voters to cast ballots in the electoral college for the president and vice president.
Political parties usually nominate electors at state party conventions or by a vote of the party’s central committee. Voters in the general election are actually voting for these electors, who are listed on the ballot based on which candidate they will support.
The Electoral College, not the popular vote, ultimately elects the president, but while an elector occasionally votes for a different candidate than the one they initially supported, the actual Electoral College vote is usually seen as a formality.
Can you remember a recent Presidential Election in which a candidate lost the popular vote, but won the Electoral College vote?
For more information on the electoral college, please follow this link (ch): http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/chinese/publication/2012/08/20120830135286.html#axzz3ulVTTLOO