How the Electoral College is Stacked Against Californians

California may have the most votes in the Electoral College, but it still isn’t enough.

The number of electoral votes are supposed to be proportioned by population, being equal to the number of a state’s members of the House of Representatives, plus two for the number of Senators given to each state.

But Congress capped membership to the House at 435 in 1912. That means while California’s population has grown, the number of electoral votes has fallen short of what it should be.

The result? The power of California voters is highly diluted, especially compared to the country’s smallest states whose electoral votes are more potent.

For more on how this works, see the interactive infographic below:



Al Harris