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What does the US Electoral College actually do? | Inside Story

As many as 150 million votes are expected to be cast in this year’s U-S presidential election.
But the votes that really count will belong to just 538 people: the presidential electors. That’s who voters are really choosing when they tick a box for Donald Trump or Joe Biden. It’s a system that’s unique – and often confusing for outsiders.

Is the institution from the 1780’s still fit-for-purpose in the 21st century?

Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom


Kesha Ram – Democratic elector candidate in Vermont

Jennifer Victor – George Mason University

Jim Wass – Republican Elector Candidate in Maryland

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    Kimberly Halkett is an amazing journalist but her beauty aw ma gosh what a beautiful lady

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    This isn't real democracy!It's time to spread democracy to USA

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    Well, the U.S. democracy system is setup to favor wealthy old white men to lead our country. Judging the Trump presidency, with over 200,000 coronavirus deaths…I question what such good judgement the Electoral College has.

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    Electoral College favors republicans. It’s shameful since it discounts millions of votes.

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    One flaw of the Electoral College system is that it could result in a 269-269 tie.

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