Much to the delight of both Erin Maloney (Instructor, TRIN) and her students in the TRIN 205 English–American and French Culture course, the US Embassy arranged for Political Officer Claire Ashcraft to speak with students, via Zoom, on November 2 – the day before the US presidential elections.Ms. Ashcraft spoke about a confusing but important component of US elections: the Electoral College. She explained that it is not the popular vote of the entire nation that determines who is the US president, but rather votes from members of the Electoral College, determined by voters independently in each of the 50 states and Washington, DC.
Ms. Ashcraft answered a plethora of questions from students, with topics ranging from primary elections to the validity of polls.
Michelle Perrin and Ayşegül Taşkın from the US Embassy accompanied Ms. Ashcraft to the Zoom meeting.