Voting In America

America is rather unusual in having its executive elected through indirect means. Voters in the states and the District of Columbia cast their ballots to elect the members of the United States Electoral College, who then go on to elect the President of the United States. Each state receives the same number of electors as its members of Congress, while the District of Columbia receives three electors. Most states are set up so that the winner of the state-wide popular vote takes all available electors. In contrast, congressional districts in Maine and Nebraska choose one elector each while the remaining electors are chosen based on the state-wide popular vote