Why the electoral college matters4 min read 22 Nov 2016, 12:17 AM IST
The US electoral college is a form of filter on broad popular verdicts that deserves some attention (and updating) today
Donald Trump is not yet president-elect of the US. He still has to win 270 votes in the electoral college on 19 December, and, failing that, a vote in the House of Representatives. In most years, this constitutionally defined process is a non-event. The electors, a group of people nominated (for the most part) by state party chapters and selected based on state-level formulae for converting popular vote to seats in the college, meet, fill out the forms, and send their votes to Congress. Congress counts a few weeks later, and most of the time the results are exactly as predicted by election-night calculations. But it does not have to work out this way.