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How the Electoral College works

Posted by Trent England in Electoral College on Dec 14, 2020

As the Electoral College meets to vote, many Americans don’t understand how this process functions. Today, we will walk through a few of the most common questions and misunderstandings about the Elec…

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The Electoral College and Campaign 2020

Posted by Trent England in Electoral College on Nov 25, 2020

Every four years, millions of Americans wind up on the losing side and thus disappointed by the presidential election. These wins and losses too often color how we see our political institutions. Thi…

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Why do we have the Electoral College?

Posted by Sean Parnell in Electoral College on Sep 16, 2020

Key Points Only two methods of selecting the president were seriously considered at the Constitutional Convention: congressional appointment or electors. Direct election was seen as impractical: too …

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Civil rights icon defended the Electoral College forty years ago 

Posted by Harry Roth in Electoral College on Aug 18, 2020

Failed political movements often return from the grave like zombies; bad ideas of fifty years ago appear again draped in different clothing. After being defeated decades ago, proponents of abolishing…

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North Carolina Op-Ed Falsely Links Slavery and the Electoral College

Posted by Sean Parnell in Electoral College on Jul 15, 2020

An oft-repeated but false claim about the Electoral College is that it was created as part of a bargain to preserve slavery and bolster the political power of Southern states. A recent op-ed in the H…

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New book: “Why We Must Defend the Electoral College”

Posted by Trent England in Electoral College on May 05, 2020

Why is the Electoral College in the Constitution? How does it work? And why worry about keeping it? I wrote “Why We Must Defend the Electoral College” to answer these questions. The system we use to …

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About that “plenary” and “exclusive” power…

Posted by Sean Parnell in Electoral College on Mar 30, 2020

One of the key questions about the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPV) is: Is it constitutional? For advocates of NPV, there is no question – the Constitution vests “exclusive” and “plenar…

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Tyranny of the Majority and Winner-Take-All

Posted by Sean Parnell in Electoral College on Nov 21, 2019

One of the many arguments for retaining the Electoral College and its state-by-state process for electing the president is that it provides a check on raw majoritarian power, sometimes referred to as…

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The Electoral College protects Middle America

Posted by Guest Author in Electoral College on May 24, 2019

SOS Director Trent England writes in USA Today that the National Popular Vote interstate compact, if it takes effect, would mean “rural and small town Americans who supply our food and energy will lo…

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Hillary deserved to lose, the Electoral College deserves to stay

Posted by Guest Author in Electoral College on May 16, 2019

In 2016, the system worked. It was not a “wrong-winner election” or a fluke. One reason the American Founders put the Electoral College into the Constitution was to protect against regional politics.…

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