Sunday 4 December 2016

Yes, US electoral system is 'rigged' - in favour of conservatives

Published 16/11/2016 | 02:30

Will Republican president-elect Donald Trump backtrack? REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo
Will Republican president-elect Donald Trump backtrack? REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

Donald Trump insisted in the final days of the campaign that the system 'was rigged' - presumably against him. He is both right and wrong on this claim.

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The system is indeed rigged, it is called the electoral college and for the second time in sixteen years the candidate with the most votes will not be inaugurated as president in January.

This rigged system is a perverse historical anachronism that is surely now well past its usefulness and should be replaced with a straightforward national popular vote to decide the presidency.

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