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Electoral College



  • The Corrupt Bargain (Review Essay)

    by Eric Foner

    Eric Foner argues that reasons both strategic and idealistic informed the establishment of the Electoral College, and recent books support the case for its abolition. 



  • Could 'Rogue Electors' Tilt the Balance of the US Election?

    The Supreme Court has heard arguments in cases involving "faithless electors" who depart from their state's popular vote when the Electoral College votes to choose the President. The cases evoke troubling prospects for the 2020 election being decided by a small number of electors.


  • Impeachment and the Electoral College

    by Robert Hardaway

    The greatest fear of the Framers was concentration of power in one branch of government that might overpower and abuse the other branches. It was for this reason that the framers’ firmly rejected the unitary parliamentary model of Great Britain. 


  • James Madison Responds to Sean Wilentz

    by Alan Singer

    The Electoral College may not have been expressly designed only to protect African slavery, but based on Madison’s notes, it was the mode most preferred by pro-slavery forces.



  • No! The Electoral College Was Not about Slavery!

    by Gary L. Gregg II

    The opponents of the Electoral College, in attempting to undermine support for the institution, have painted it with an unfair half-truth that distorts the historical record as well as the constitutional principles undergirding the system itself.