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How many total electoral votes are there?

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Question: How many total electoral votes are there?
Answer: The number of electoral votes is derived by adding the number of Senators (100) plus the number of members in the House of Representatives (435) plus three (3) additional votes for the District of Columbia. The District of Columbia was awarded three electoral votes with the passage of the 23rd amendment in 1961. This adds up to 538 total votes.

To win the presidency, a candidate needs to get more than 50% of the electoral votes. Half of 538 is 269. Therefore, 270 votes are needed to win.

The total number of total electoral votes does not vary from year to year because the number of members of the House of Representatives and the Senate does not change. Instead, every ten year with the new census, the number of electors shifts from states who have lost population to states who have gained population.

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