Updated on September 24, 2008
The Economist has redrawn the electoral map to give all 195 of the world’s countries (including the United States) a say in the election’s outcome. As in America, each country has been allocated a minimum of three electoral-college votes with extra votes allocated in proportion to population size. With over 6.5 billion people enfranchised, the result is a much larger electoral college of 9,875 votes. But rally your countrymenâ€”a nation must have at least ten individual votes in order to have its electoral-college votes counted.
If youâ€™re interested in the workings of an American presidential contest â€“ and letâ€™s face it, the whole world is interested in this American election â€“ The Economistâ€™s Global Electoral College is a good way to understand some of the process by actually taking part, even if youâ€™re not a US citizen with voting rights.
Voting closes at midnight UK time on November 1 after which The Economist will announce the winner.
Of course, youâ€™re not really voting in the actual election. But itâ€™s as close as youâ€™ll get without being an American.