Trump Vs Clinton: How Citizens Vote for President & the Electoral College Phenomenon

BY EMMANUEL AJIBULU

Americans will cast their ballots for a new president, but the electoral college will make the final decision.

There are now only a few days left before America votes on its 45th President, with Hillary Clinton’s polling lead over Donald Trump having narrowed significantly in recent days.

Retrospectively, in the 2000 US presidential election, Vice President Al Gore received 543,000 more votes than his rival, George W Bush, then Governor of Texas. But when the election and legal disputes were over, Bush was declared the winner .

How did that happen?

The answer: The electoral college. Contrary to popular belief, Americans do not vote directly for their president and vice president. Instead, they work on an electoral college system.

So, while they pick the names of the candidates they are voting for, they are actually casting their ballots for the electors in their respective states. Those electors will then vote for the candidates who got the highest popular votes in that state.

Whilst campaign rolls into its final weekend before Tuesday’s (November 8, 2016) vote, Hillary Clinton remains the favourite to become the next U.S. president. Her edge over Donald Trump remains narrow but her recent decline in the polls seems to have halted. Nevertheless, the margin she enjoys over the Republican nominee remains small enough that it could be overturned over these final days. Reports

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