What's The Electoral College? The US Ambassador Explains

5 November 2016, 08:37

US Election Explained: The Electoral College System

How can one candidate only win 11 states, and still be the President? The US Ambassador Matthew Barzun Explains.

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For those confused by the US election, take a look at this incisive explanation of the electoral college system - from US ambassador to the UK Matthew Barzun.

This year’s US election is one of the most scrutinised in generations, with the bitter struggle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump captivating many across the world.

But how will the vote next Tuesday actually work? The electoral college system - that will deliver a new leader to the White House in the early hours of Wednesday morning UK time - is explained here by one of the best placed people in Britain.

Matthew Barzun sets out why there is not technically a national election in the US but instead 50 state elections and how this is then translated to a national level.

Watch as he brilliantly explains how the will of millions of Americans decides who becomes commander in chief of the Unites States of America, in what is one of the greatest democratic acts on Earth.

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