State Population vs. Electoral VoteThe apportionment of electoral votes is based on the congressional representation for each state, meaning that each congressional seat equals an electoral vote. Since the House of Representatives is set at 435 seats and the Senate at 100, changes in electoral votes with every 10-year census are often very minute. Therefore, the number of people per electoral vote in one state is very different than the number of people per electoral vote in another. Below is a list of states along with their populations, number of electoral votes, and a percentage that demonstrates the relative value of a vote cast in that state compared to the national average (For example on average a state is awarded one electoral vote for every 545,828 people. However, Wyoming has three electoral votes and only 506,529 citizens. As a result each of Wyoming's three votes corresponds to only 168,843 people. These people have 3.23 times as much clout in the Electoral College as an average American or 323% as listed in the chart).
|States||2004 Population||2004 Electoral Votes||% vs. National Average|
|Dist. of Columbia||553,523||3||296%|
*Populations from the United States Census as of July 1, 2003; Electoral Votes from the Federal Elections Commission.