Why two states count their delegates differently in presidential elections

On election night in November, not every state will delegate their electors the same way. 

Rather than use the “winner-take-all” method that 48 other states use, Maine and Nebraska delegate their electoral votes in a different way. The two states use the congressional district method. 

Under the congressional district method, states allocate two electoral votes to the state’s popular vote winner. Each delegate after that is awarded to the winner in each congressional district. There are two congressional districts in Maine and three in Nebraska. 

“Every other state has opted to use the same method, which the winner of the popular vote in their states gets all of the electoral votes from the state. This isn’t required in the Constitution. In fact, states can use whatever method they want,” Barry Burden, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and founding director of the Elections Research Center,
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