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South of the 49th: An Introduction to the US Constitutional System - Part II


Despite both countries having democratic systems, there are vast differences in how Canada and the United States administer their federal elections and weight the outcomes.

Americans go to the polls to elect a president every four years. There being no federal electoral body like Elections Canada, each State is responsible for holding its own federal elections. This means that on November 3, 2020, there won't be one election taking place, but rather 51 smaller elections running concurrently to decide the country's next commander-in-chief.

Another difference between our systems is how the results are weighted and implemented through the American Electoral College, a body established in 1787 to balance the interests of high- and low-population states.

Join us for part two in this series as special guest Susan Sullivan Lagon, Ph.D, Government Affairs Institute Senior Fellow at Georgetown University, answers your questions about US federal elections and explains the American Electoral College. The audience will be able to submit questions live from the Events page.


Susan Sullivan Lagon, Ph.D., Nonresident Senior Fellow GAI at Georgetown University


Taki Sarantakis, President, Canada School of Public Service

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