US presidential election - how much does the public's vote count?

4 November 2020

In the lead-up to the US election, the world is waiting for an outcome that will have huge ramifications both in the US and across the globe.

As we approach this monumental event, we can reflect on the same moment four years ago, and remember how it felt to watch the world change.

In a recent Global Leadership Series webinar, Associate Professor Sarah Percy from the School of Political Science and International Studies explored some of the oddities in the US electoral system that made Donald Trump’s surprise result in 2016 possible: the Electoral College and the absence of an independent electoral commission.

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