In America, the Presidential electoral system, the system whereby the President is elected to power, is pretty confusing. In this video, I hope to simplify this system as best as I can, so that you’ll be able to understand it in preparation for the 2016 election. So back when the Constitution was written, the founding fathers tried to make it as easy and democratic as possible for the Presidential to be elected. A couple of amendments later, they had a system which has now being going for 200 years. In the twelfth amendment it says ‘The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President… The person having the greatest Number of votes for President, shall be the President,’. Now this may seem pretty easy to understand but let me assure you, from here it only starts to get more complicated. Pretty much, to run for President, you have to be 35 years old, a US born native citizen and somebody who’s been living in the country for at least 14 years. Due to the first past the post electoral system in America, it is only usually two candidates who have a real chance to become President, both coming from opposing parties, the Democrats and the Republicans. In the build up to Election Day in November every four years, a candidate is chosen from each party and they will debate and put forward their differing arguments. Then, on the first Tuesday coming after a Monday in November, voting begins across the country. However when people vote in each state, they’re not really voting for a candidate, they’re voting for an elector, pledged to a certain candidate. These electors come together to make up the Electoral College, 538 people, whereby a presidential candidate needs 270 of these to become President. The issue with this system is that the electors are not shared out equally across the country, meaning a vote in California, is worth less than a third of a vote in Wyoming. The electors are also usually partisan, meaning the American people are not actually voting for a President, the Electoral College could just turn around and vote completely vote against the wills of the people. Now although this is very unlikely, there is a chance that the Electoral College will not reach a majority, meaning the House Representatives has got to decide who becomes President. So there’s a simple explanation for how the Presidential electoral process in America- it’s certainly not perfect and has rendered some gobsmacking results, for example when George Bush became president in 2000, with half a million less votes than his opposing candidate Al Gore. Yet the system seems to have no chances of stopping, its being going for 200 years and the chances of major reform in this neck of the woods are… well.. virtually impossible. Thanks for watching and don’t forget to like share, and definitely subscribe! Thanks for watching.