Proposals to abolish the Electoral College, though frequently put forward, have failed largely because the alternatives to it appear more problematic than is the College itself.
If the popular vote decided the winner, we would still be bogged down in questionable recounts in dozens, if not hundreds, of counties across the country. Alyn Brodsky, in his superb biography, Grover Cleveland: It is because of this "leverage effect" that the presidency, as an institution, tends to be more sensitive to ethnic minority and other special interest groups than does the Congress as an institution.
Opponents of the Electoral College are further concerned about its possible role in depressing voter turnout. Finally, some opponents of the Electoral College point out, quite correctly, its failure to accurately reflect the national popular will in at least two respects. The potential for mistakes and abuse would have been enormously compounded, and the cloud over the eventual winner would have been all the more dark and ominous.
Conversely, the major parties have every incentive to absorb minor party movements in their continual attempt to win popular majorities in the States. First, the distribution of Electoral votes in the College tends to over-represent people in rural States.
The election was the 53rd since George Washington was chosen in This unifying mechanism does not, however, come without a small price.
One way or another, then, the winning candidate must demonstrate both a sufficient popular support to govern as well as a sufficient distribution of that support to govern. Opponents of the Electoral College are disturbed by the possibility of electing a minority president one without the absolute majority of popular votes.
Yale University Press, Twenty-one jurisdictions including the District of Columbia have such a requirement, but 30 do not. After the People Vote: And even if he managed to win a few States, his support elsewhere would not be reflected.Keep the Electoral College.
The Framers Created the Electoral College for a Reason Thursday, March 01, the closeness of the election in so many places—multiple states as well as the nation as a whole—suggests that we should thank our lucky stars the framers gave us the system we have.
Dec 25, · We Should Keep the Electoral College. Before scrapping the Electoral College, we should reflect upon the nature of our democracy and the. In defense of the electoral college. After last week’s results, we’re hearing a litany of complaints: but to keep it from being distorted by a president who mistook popular election as.
Well, there is at least one practical reason why the system should stay as it is, according to Judge Richard Posner.
The Electoral College prevents run-off elections, so it produces a clear winner. We should keep in mind the regional conflicts that trouble large and diverse nations like India, China and Russia. If we abolish the Electoral College, we will take a step away from that. For those skeptics, I would point out two other advantages the Electoral College offers.
First, we must keep in mind the likely effects of direct popular election of the president.