It turns out that democracy is a lie!
Hello lovely Americans. Greetings from London. How is it going? Are you enjoying having less ridiculous politics than us this week?
So are we, ha ha ha! HA! Ha.
Anyway, we thought we’d chip in from across the pond for Turn Up To Vote week, to try and take on a big challenge: explaining the electoral college.
This is a map showing the results of the 2012 election. What are those numbers? Why are they looking at me?
Let's find out together.
So, as you may have heard, the Electoral College is a system that means when you *think* you’re voting for, say, Leslie Knope for President of the United States of America, you’re technically not voting for Leslie Knope for President of the United States of America.
Instead, you're voting for an elector, which is a person who's been chosen to cast the official, real, grown-up vote for president, unlike your childish, unworthy one.
OK, but, like, what? Who gets to be an elector, and can we trust them? Don’t worry, we’ve googled this for you!
Electors are chosen by their political parties and are chosen in different ways in different states – they can be nominated at state party conventions or elected in party committees, for example. An elector CAN'T be a senator or representative, cause that would be weird.
Also, according to the National Archives of your fair country: “As a historical matter, the 14th Amendment provides that state officials who have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the United States or given aid and comfort to its enemies are disqualified from serving as Electors.”
So, uh, if you can't be an elector, you know who you are!
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