How the United States decides its president

Electoral College voting explained

As the election of the 2016 president of the United States of America looms closer into sight, we take a look at the Electoral College voting system which decides who gets to sit as the most powerful leader in the world.

The White House as seen on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 in Washington. After nearly two years of bitterness and rancor, America will elect its 45th president today, making Hillary Clinton the nation's first female commander in chief or choosing billionaire businessman Donald Trump, whose volatile campaign has upended U.S. politics. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The White House as seen on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 in Washington. After nearly two years of bitterness and rancor, America will elect its 45th president today, making Hillary Clinton the nation's first female commander in chief or choosing billionaire businessman Donald Trump, whose volatile campaign has upended U.S. politics. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)