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What is the total number of electoral votes in the U.S.?

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As of 2014, the number of electoral votes in the U.S. Electoral College is 538. Candidates elected president must win a majority, or at least 270 votes.

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The number of votes a state receives is the total number of its representatives in Congress, one vote per member of the House of Representatives and two votes for the senators from each state. California has the most electoral votes at 55. The District of Columbia and seven states each have three votes. Those states with three votes are Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming. These numbers are based on the 2010 census and remain in effect through the 2020 election.

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