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Sal teaches Grover about the electoral college

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[Music] but for me both for cute and adorable grover i am pro abc's and four one two threes plus i promise i have no skeletons in my closet i do not even have one in my body hey grover what are you doing oh hello there sal khan i am just running for president of the united states of america i heard there was an upcoming election so i figured ah why not well that's great grover yeah maybe we can help more people vote oh that would be terrific so exactly how many votes do i need to win well you know about the electoral college right of course sal baby i know exactly what the electrical electoral electoral colleges great so why don't we explain it together for those who don't know oh my certainly what a brilliant idea um why don't you start us off sure in a direct democracy i as a citizen will vote for a candidate and whichever candidate has the most popular votes in the country they will become president but we do not have a direct democracy we have an indirect democracy so what happens is is i vote in my state i live in california and whichever candidate gets the most votes in california will get all of california's 55 electoral votes and that's true in most states whoever gets the most votes in that state gets all of the votes for that state and that number comes from the number of congress people california has um i i am not following you so how can i explain it in a way that you might understand chickens i know chickens chickens they are my biggest demo okay chickens so instead of electors we'll say chickens instead of the electoral college i'll say chicken college okay that that can follow okay the number of chicken votes for each state is equal to the number of congress people for that state in every state yes from california to the new york island from the redwood forest to the gulf stream waters yes the 50 states and so there are a total of 538 chicken votes in the chicken college for example florida has 29 chicken votes and that's the same as the 29 congress people that they have two senators and 27 representatives oh hello there chickens okay then so how do i candidate grover win the presidency well since there are 538 chicken votes in total you just have to get more than half of those more than half hmm let me see here uh one carry the two divided by eight grover we know the actual number you just have to get at least chicken votes in the chicken college just 270 chickens i can do that 300 chickens just crossed the road to hear me speak at the rally oh great do you have your speech oh yeah it's just right there where did they put it dude ah i'll just wing it bye so bye grover now get out there and vote you