As a Brit, one of the things that always surprises me about the US system is the long delay between the election and the inauguration. As you probably know, in the UK, the new Government is in control and the new Prime Minister is in 10 Downing Street normally within 24 hours.
I’m not questioning the merits of either system and I sort of understand the original reason behind it (to give the Electoral College electors time to travel in winter – is that right?) but has there ever been a serious proposal to change this? Have the College meet within a week and hold the Inauguration before the end of November?
Also – why are Presidential elections (and Congressional?) in November. In the UK governments generally avoid the winter months for General Elections because of the short days and bad weather.