Electoral College

  • 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. 

  • The Electoral College Will Destroy America

    by Jesse Wegman

    The real problem with the Electoral College isn't that it inflates the power of small states. It erases the votes of tens of millions through state winner-take-all election rules. 

  • Would DC Statehood Also Give the Trumps Three Electoral Votes?

    A proposal for DC statehood would preserve a Capital District around the White House and Capitol, which is granted three Electoral College votes by the Constitution. It's possible that the only residents of the district would be the inhabitants of the White House. 

  • 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.