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There was a lot of confusion over how Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but Trump won the Electoral College. The Associated Press explains in this five-part animation series. (Sept 28)

AP Domestic

As the 2020 presidential election nears, one of the most confusing and controversial parts of the nation’s political system is yet again front-and-center: the Electoral College. 

It’s the system that, four years ago, made Donald Trump president even though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote handily.

That’s because the Electoral College, established in Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, determines the winner of the presidential election.

But come election day, your vote will impact what the Electoral College does. Here’s a quick refresher on the subject, which you may not have given serious thought to since middle school:

Why do they call it the Electoral College?

Merriam-webster.com