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Electoral College, unloved but everpresent, set to anoint Trump

An online petition calling on electors to reject Trump, has collected some five million supportersDonald Trump’s fiercest critics may be dreaming of a last-minute revolt, but the Electoral College, a peculiarly American institution, appears near-certain on Monday to select the 70-year-old real estate mogul as the 45th US president. Its detractors — and they are many — have denounced an electoral system that flies in the face of the venerated “one man, one vote” principle, and which perversely encourages presidential candidates to campaign in only a few key states while ignoring whole swaths of the country. When American voters cast their ballots on November 8, they did not in fact directly elect the next occupant of the White House.

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