As the day for US Presidential Elections 2016 comes close, the wait is nearly over to find out whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will reach the White House finish line, especially since latest polls show them neck-to-neck.
How does the Presidential Election process work in US?
On November 8 around 146 million registered voters (from total eligible voters of 218 million) from all 50 US states and Washington will vote for their desired President and Vice President. However, the election does not take place directly. A total of 538 members of the Electoral College will formally elect the president and vice president on December 19.
The November 8 election will select their preferred party representative to the Electoral College which will eventually elect the candidate nominated by the concerned party. For example if a person votes for Democratic Party he automatically votes for Hillary Clinton and vice versa.
Who becomes winner?
A candidate (party) securing total of 270 votes (electoral candidates) is considered an absolute majority.