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270 votes to win: The quirky US White House race

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In a quirk of the US system, American voters do not directly elect the president and vice president. Technically speaking, they pick "electors" in an Electoral College. 

People queue to cast their ballots at a polling station in Washington, DC. In a quirk of the US system, American voters do not directly elect the president and vice president. Technically speaking, they pick "electors" in an Electoral College.

Here is how this unique system, laid out by the country's founding fathers, works:

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