Counting the votes: How electors pick the president

FILE - Int his June 11, 2016, file photo, the sun rises over the White House in Washington. It’s an institution as old as America itself, but the Electoral College remains an enigma to many. Only relevant every four years, the construct was intended to add an extra layer to the process of choosing a president given apprehensions by the Founding Fathers over the power of democracy. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — It’s an institution as old as the nation itself, but the Electoral College remains an enigma to many Americans. The Founding Fathers, apprehensive about the unchecked power of the popular vote, added the extra step to the process of choosing a president.

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