The Electoral College was originally created in the 1800’s to simplify the election process. It was a difficult and slow process to count popular votes. It was also very hard for a candidate to be nationally recognized. There are 538 Electoral Votes available. Once a candidate gets 270 of those they are elected president. While it seems a tedious and outdated practice. The Electoral College usually votes with who their state elects. Only 4 times in history has a Presidential Candidate been elected President who did not win the popular vote. The most recent was President George W. Bush.