Here's a little information that Americans have usually been able to ignore.
It's about the Electoral College, a uniquely American institution that's been with us from the beginning and that's occasionally given us fits.
Typically, the Electoral College meets and does its thing a month or so after the election, and few people even notice or care. Once in a while, though, people do notice and do care — a lot.
Will 2016 be one of those years?
It's not something reasonable people would hope for, but it cannot be ruled out.
First, the basics.