How does the Electoral College work? Find out at the Hayes Museum.

Published Friday, December 30, 2016

The 2016 presidential election again raised questions about how the Electoral College works after President-elect Donald Trump lost the popular vote but won the electoral vote.

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums explains how the Electoral College works in a new exhibit area in the learning lab section of the museum. The area explains what the Electoral College is, what it does and how it has affected past elections. Rutherford B. Hayes, for example, was one of the presidents who did not win the popular vote but won the electoral vote.

An interactive component allows visitors to put the swing states – including Ohio – on the Republican or Democratic side to show which side would win if it received those electoral votes. The interactive also shows how many electoral votes each swing state has.

Tom Culbertson, former HPLM executive director, and Skip Honsperger, a longtime supporter of HPLM, donated their time and materials to make this interactive display.

Admission to the Electoral College exhibit area is included in the price of a regular museum ticket. Cost is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $3 for kids ages 6-12 and free for kids ages 5 and younger.

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues. The facility is affiliated with the Ohio History Connection.

For information, call 419-332-2081, or visit rbhayes.org. Like HPLM on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hayespresidentialcenter and follow on Twitter at @rbhayespres and Instagram at rbhayespres.