Will someone PLEASE explain to me the significance of the electoral votes? More specifically, how is the popular vote 48% - 51%, yet Obama won by more than double the electoral votes as McCain. Someone make sense of this for me. I understand according to the process, the electoral votes are what matter most, but how can it be so one-sided when the popular vote is so close? Do we as normal citizens really have that little of a say in who runs our country?