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Electoral College



  • How to Ensure This Never Happens Again

    by Beverly Gage and Emily Bazelon

    A menu of democratic reform initiatives ranging from strictly defining the electoral vote process to abolishing the electoral college: reforms needed to stop the temptation to undemocratic rule and authoritarianism.



  • Josh Hawley Dodges Question During Fox News Grilling on Election Challenge

    Senator Josh Hawley's demands that Congress intervene in the electoral vote certification depends on ignoring that A: Congress formed such a commission in 1877 after three states failed to certify their vote and B: the resulting compromise forfeited the politial and civil rights of Black Americans. 



  • Shut the Door on Trump by Ending the Electoral College

    by Peniel E. Joseph

    The electoral college has long worked hand in hand with Black disenfranchisement to distort the American political process. It's time to abolish it in favor of a system where every vote counts. 



  • Why Getting the Most Votes Matters

    Times Editor Jesse Wegman examines the unique absence of majoritarian principle in the election of the American president and argues it goes against the most basic understanding of political fairness. 



  • Of the 700 Attempts to Fix or Abolish the Electoral College, this One Nearly Succeeded

    by Gillian Brockell

    The most serious effort to abolish the Electoral College followed George Wallace's third party bid in 1968, when both major parties realized that a spoiler candidate could throw the election to the House of Representatives and extort political concessions for electoral votes. Southern conservatives, happy with the leverage the system gave them, blocked the amendment in the Senate.



  • American Democracy Was Never Supposed to Work

    by Richard Kreitner

    "Merely ousting Trump is not enough without addressing more fundamental weaknesses in our political system, especially an outdated Constitution that continues to serve a minority of wealthy and white citizens and to curb any movements that might threaten their wealth and power."



  • The Never-Ending Crisis of the Electoral College

    by Bruce Bartlett

    "The inane system our founders developed to choose the president is an anti-democratic remnant of the slavery era that only benefits the GOP"--a longtime political observer endorses the National Popular Vote Compact as a way to circumvent the Electoral College without a constitutional amendment.



  • 2020 Shows Why the Electoral College Is Stupid and Immoral

    by Jamelle Bouie

    The Times Opinion columnist contents that the electoral college infects American politics with uncertainty and the multiple opportunities to contest the result. This not only is undemocratic, it undermines faith in democracy. 



  • Letters From an American: November 3, 2020

    by Heather Cox Richardson

    These injuries to our system have saddled us with an Electoral College that permits a minority to tyrannize over the majority. That systemic advantage is unsustainable in a democracy. One or the other will have to give.



  • Why Swing States Are a Thing

    by Olivia B. Waxman

    Historians and election scholars explain the changes in the political media and the ideological composition of the parties that have made a small number of states politically decisive in presidential elections. 



  • Throughline: The Electoral College (radio program)

    NPR's Throughline launches its (mis)Representative Democracy series on the institutions of American elections with a focus on the Electoral College, featuring Alexander Keyssar, Carol Anderson and Akhil Reed Amar.



  • The Electoral Punt

    by Jonathan Wilson

    Many people imagine they understand the Framers' intent in creating the Electoral College. They impute more clarity of purpose than they should to a group who essentially made a slapdash compromise in order to be finished with the ordeal of drafting the Constitution.