How an Independent Could Win the Electoral College

Updated: Feb 3, 2019

When we cast our votes in presidential elections, we are not actually voting for a candidate. We are voting for an elector. On Election Day, when the voters in each state cast votes for the Presidential candidate of their choice they are voting to select their state's Electors. While political parties choose electors at their state party conventions or via a vote of the party's central committee, independents can simply register their slate of electors in each state. As long as the electors are faithful, if an independent candidate wins the popular vote in a state, they will win that state's electoral votes.

If independents were able to create a social media platform through which they could vet presidential candidates for general elections, that network of independents could also serve as the infrastructure necessary to designate electors in each state for the general election.

According to Gallup, independents make up a sobering 42% of the electorate. It is certainly reasonable to expect that they could identify 538 electors out of the 84 million independent voters. Leveraging a social media platform designed to promote viable independent candidates, obtain equal ballot access, and select faithful electors could be a decisive strategy for independents to win the electoral college.


The PurpleState™ initiative can be defined as a people-driven effort to establish a digital, multimedia platform designed to allow users to select or run as independent candidates.

If you support our initiative and want to get involved, go to our Get Involved page and find out more about how you can help.

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