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The US Electoral College: how does it work and why does it exist?

South China Morning Post
South China Morning Post
The Electoral College system used to elect the US president and vice-president is often criticised for being too complicated and out of date. It took centre stage in America’s 2016 elections, when Donald Trump was elected president despite having nearly 3 million fewer votes than his opponent. So how does the US Electoral College system work and why does it exist?
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