In less than a week, the next president of the United States of America will be elected. But even though the country goes through the same process every four years, it seems far too many Americans don’t really have a full grasp of how the Electoral Collage works. 

The most common misunderstanding voters have is that many believe their vote goes directly into a pile for their candidate.

Instead, your vote goes into a pile for your county to vote for one of the candidates. And then all the counties in your state are tallied to see how your entire state will vote, red or blue. 

 explains the entire process in this enlightening educational animation