The ballot choices would seal the fate of the U.S. presidential aspirants Hillary and Donald. They couldn't agree on whether congress should choose the president or the people should choose the president. Those ballots won't even be counted until December.
The President and the Vice President are elected together in a Presidential election.
Here are some answers to common questions about the Electoral College.
USA presidents are technically elected by the Electoral College, a unique system which stresses that voting in the United States is not a national event, but is done on a state-by-state basis. Their argument is that a popular vote by its very nature ensures that the candidate with the most votes wins. This means that in these 48 states, whichever candidate wins the popular vote, gets all of the state's electoral votes.
The popular vote includes the people in the United States who go out to the polls and vote or send in their absentee ballot. Each state has many electors as it has senators and representatives.
"The Electoral College consists of 538 electors". And because of that, schemes would be hard to detect.
Historians say the Electoral College was partly a compromise over slavery when the South was concerned it would have no voice against the more populous North. There will be about 130 million votes cast this year.
What if no candidate hits the magic number?
And there haven't been many in modern times; the last time was in 2004 when an anonymous elector in Minnesota cast his vote for John Edwards instead of the Democratic candidate, John Kerry. Some elections are much closer, and such small margins can seem unclear and inconclusive.
The Electoral College system has faced criticism for being undemocratic and imbalanced. Specifically, the House of Representatives picks from the top three candidates in the Electoral College. And on Election Day, we Americans are electing the electors who elect the president. "Hillary for America Election Night Event" will start at 6 pm at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Centre in New York while the The "Donald J Trump Victory Party" will start at 6.30pm at the New York Hilton Midtown. If the current opinion polls stay true, Hillary Clinton likely will win.
Why does the US still have the Electoral College? But according to the federal archives: "Electors generally hold a leadership position in their party or were chosen to recognize years of loyal service to the party".
During the 2012 Election, President Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney by receiving 332 electoral votes compared to Romney's 206. It was created to represent population density across the U.S., but on four separate occasions, a victor has been declared who received fewer popular votes than their rival in a state. There is nothing simple about our system. Imagine if the recount in 2000 were to take place in every precinct in every state across the country.
American elections are messy business.
And it just may be a lifesaver this year.