Check the math: 75% of U.S. disenfranchised

First, two essential definitions:

  • Battleground states are states in which the presidential election outcome could go either way.
  • Spectator states are states where presidential candidates are either safely ahead or hopelessly behind.


Now the math:

50 states plus the District of Columbia (not officially a "state" but included here as such),

minus Maine and Nebraska (district-based methods as of 1969 and 1992 respectively),

minus 12 battleground states =

37 spectator states divided by 49 winner-take-all states in total =

75% of the winner-take-all states are politically irrelevant = most of the country