Why We Need the Electoral College

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Two-thirds of Americans live in cities.  The other third live here (actual photo taken in USA!).

 

The Electoral College has fallen out of favor ….. again.  Not since 2000 have so many people felt that the democratic will of the people has been overridden by an anachronistic institution that must be replaced.  But calls to abolish the Electoral College overlook three important features of an institution that serves to protect federalism, republicanism, and diversity. Continue reading

A Red and Blue Map: Three Questions about the Electoral College

This morning I woke up and checked the latest poll numbers at Real Clear Politics. To my surprise, the polling data suggests that Romney currently leads in the hunt for electoral votes. Currently, Romney has 206 votes to Obama’s 201, with 131 toss ups. I found this quite surprising because even though Romney’s popularity had been increasing in recent weeks he hadn’t made much dent in the electoral count. In light of this surprising (and quite possibly brief) turn of events, let’s ponder the mysteries of the Electoral College.

1. What is the Electoral College? Our government’s official website says, “The Electoral College is a process, not a place.
The founding fathers established it in the Constitution as a compromise Continue reading