US election 2012: How the voting system works

The White House in Washington is the prize (photo:dpa)
The White House in Washington is the prize (photo:dpa)

The electoral system in the United States can be bewildering and complex. GIS explains how the election works through its different stages from nomination, Super Tuesday to inauguration of the president.

US election 2012: How the voting system works

<b>The United States: </b>The US has the world’s third largest population after China and India with 313.9 million people. Eighty per cent of these are white, 13 per cent black, 4.5 per cent Asian and one per cent Amerindian and Alaska natives and other ethnic groups. About 15 per cent of the total population is Hispanic.

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