As most Americans learned in school and re-learned during the 2000 election, Americans do not directly elect their presidents and vice presidents. They actually elect "electors," who make up the Electoral College and cast the critical electoral votes for the nation's top two jobs.
The following is an Electoral College FAQ, courtesy of the Federal Elections Commission.
How are electors chosen?
The political parties (or independent candidates) in each state submit to the state's chief election...Full Story