7 things we learned from the Electoral College results other than the fact Donald Trump will be president

The election system in the US has a process called the Electoral College. The system has state electors vote in their people’s stead and is acutely controversial.

On Monday it officially gave Donald Trump the presidency.

Trump managed to get the 270 votes required to win, which was to be expected, but here’s what else we learned from the process.

1. This system won Trump the election

This may not be news to you. What makes this system so controversial is it means a presidential candidate can receive less votes but still win – it happened when George Bush beat Al Gore in 2000 and Donald Trump received almost 3 million less than his opponent in 2016.

The argument for the system is it gives more of a voice to the different states which have a smaller population though and this is what others have been arguing.

2. Some people aren’t exactly happy

With the meeting being disrupted by one woman shouting from the gallery “you just gave us Adolf Hitler” we hardly need to explain further that some people are displeased with the business mogul’s confirmed election.

Electors do not necessarily have to vote for the person their people chose and some hoped they would overturn the decision – but this would have been unprecedented. Or is it unpresidented?

3. Even some electors want the system abolished

The controversy is so great that New York mayor and elector Bill De Blasio took to Twitter to show his discomfort with the system – calling for “one person, one vote”.

4. Others are over the moon for Trump though

Of course millions voted for Trump and they took to Twitter to show their support for the next president.

You realise this means you become vice-president too right Mike?

5. Hillary Clinton’s husband is an elector

As an elector for the state of New York, Bill Clinton got to vote for his wife (phew).

6. The Electoral College has a Twitter account and it’s breathtakingly boring

That’s right, in case you wanted all the information the Electoral College receives the US national archives has a Twitter page which posts, well, just the results really.

Now we aren’t saying the US election system is boring but electors going against the vote of their people is incredibly rare so the archive copies of the votes and the rules about the system which it posts doesn’t make for the most riveting of reads.

7. Some people spend too much time on Photoshop

Of course for many, days in history are really days to have a bit of fun with some pictures.

Although perhaps some are a little more crude than others…

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