Global Affairs: US electoral system in need of urgent fixing

No matter who wins the US presidential election, the dysfunctional polling rules are being rubbished by both Democrats and Republicans, while aggravating the nation’s polarisation

Doubts about the robustness of the US electoral system are shared by all. PHOTO: REUTERS
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Ignore all the opinion polls. As the people of the United States decide today who will be their president until the middle of this decade, only the reckless can claim to know what the outcome will be.

And that's not only because of what promises to be the sort of record turnout not encountered in the US for over a century, but also because - ironically for an election in which the two candidates are the oldest ever to stand for a US presidential ballot - the participation of young voters is slated to be the highest in America's history.

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