Election countdown: 1 day

Wyoming is a solid red state— conservative and rural, with a total population that’s smaller than many cities. Trump carried the state in 2016 by a massive 47 points, but that translates to fewer than 120,000 votes. It’s also the home state of Vice President Dick Cheney and Representative Liz Cheney.

After the 2016 election, Wyoming was used as an example to illustrate inequalities within the electoral college system.

Wyoming has three electoral votes and a population of 586,107, while California has 55 electoral votes and 39,144,818 residents. Distributing the electoral vote evenly among each state’s residents suggests that individual votes from Wyoming carry 3.6 times more influence, or weight, than those from California.


The electoral college has taken the presidency away from the winners of the popular vote twice in just 16 years, and both were the same party—reform is long overdue.

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