270 to Win

270 to Win

270 to Win

There are lots of ways to win. But how do you know which one is right for you? 260.com founder Michael Spector shares three strategies.



If neither President Trump nor Vice President Biden secures 270 electoral college votes in the 2020 presidential election, the House of Representatives will select the next president. Under the 12th Amendment to the Constitution, every state’s delegation in the House casts a single vote for the president. The vote is determined by an internal tally of each lawmaker in each state delegation. States whose delegations reach a tie are not counted. Currently, Republicans control 26 delegations and Democrats control 22. Pennsylvania is tied and Michigan has a 7-6 plurality for Democrats, with a 14th seat held by independent Justin Amash. Because the vote would take place after January 6th, the delegation totals will change to reflect the results of 2020 House races.

The website also has useful information about elections and the political system, such as presidential electoral results dating back to 1789, pundit forecasts, voting history and trends by state (dating back to statehood), polling data, live updates during elections, and other useful information such as a lookup by zip code of elected representatives. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)


You can definitely use 270 to Win in a history or civics class to introduce students to the Electoral College. You can project the site on a screen and guide the whole class through a state-by-state analysis of any election. You can then allow students to explore the site on their own and draw conclusions and make predictions. The site can be especially useful and engaging in an election year.

Students can create maps based on their own predictions and share them on Facebook, or they can view past election maps to see patterns and get a sense of a state's voting history. There's no login or saved data; you just click around the site looking at and analyzing election maps. During an actual, live presidential election, students can watch as the electoral votes come in and learn why the number 270 is so important. (Source: www.commonsense.org)



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