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.
Electoral College voting. Trump just passed 270 mark. He's officially President-Elect. Will be 45th POTUS. No. It's not too early to drink.— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) December 19, 2016
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.
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.
We have the #ElectoralCollege because Trump won the popular vote by 1.7 million w/ 49 states. California alone added 4 million for Hillary— Epstein Didnt Kill Himself (@OmnicientIam) December 19, 2016
PA Electoral College meeting is adjourned. Woman screams from the gallery: "You just gave us Adolf Hitler" pic.twitter.com/6gB5ukNHl3— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) December 19, 2016
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.
The main chant outside the Electoral College meeting right now in Harrisburg, PA is "No Treason, No Trump" -- congratulations media pic.twitter.com/75dBdVKThn— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) December 19, 2016
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?
When someone gets 2,843,362 fewer votes, lies incessantly & is aided by Vladimir Putin he should be 'unpresidented' by the Electoral College pic.twitter.com/5kr7RvV3eL— Col. Morris Davis (@ColMorrisDavis) December 17, 2016
Just cast Electoral College vote. Heartsick. This is NOT what democracy looks like. One person, one vote is only fair way. Abolish the EC!— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) December 19, 2016
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”.
— Southern_Patriot™❌ (@LanceTruPatriot) December 19, 2016
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?
As an elector for the state of New York, Bill Clinton got to vote for his wife (phew).
Do you know what happens if states don’t submit their Certificates of Ascertainment on time due to a recount? https://t.co/lp6ktyODMf— Electoral College (@ElectoralCollge) December 14, 2016
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.
Of course for many, days in history are really days to have a bit of fun with some pictures.
#Electors storming the beach...December 19, 2016
Although perhaps some are a little more crude than others…