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THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE—AN INTERNET AGE DINOSAUR (PART 2)

THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE—AN INTERNET AGE DINOSAUR (PART 2)

This post discusses two important political costs that the Electoral College imposes on America’s political system.  The first is that it periodically elects “minority” Presidents; that is, candidates who have lost the popular vote can become President.  1,378 more words

American Politics

Unintended Consequences

The Founders did not believe it was wise to permit the direct election of the President by popular vote, so they created the Electoral College to act as a buffer between the voters and any demagogue who might mislead them.  120 more words

History

Michigan GOP Eyes Plan For Cracking 'Blue Wall'

By David Eggert, Associated Press

LANSING (AP) - Eager to deprive Democrats of a major election advantage, Republicans here are exploring whether to change the rules so their presidential candidate can net electoral votes without having to win the state’s popular vote. 606 more words

News

The Electoral College and its flaws with help from CGP Grey

The current system where an individual can become president with only 22% of the popular vote is inherently flawed as it does not and can not represent the will of the people. 433 more words

Democracy

What Have We Done Here?

The Electoral College has been in place since the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and is an extremely intricate system developed by the founding fathers, who were trying to devise a way in which to elect a president for an entire nation that did not live in an age of television, internet access, motorized vehicles, and equality amongst citizens. 218 more words

Four Reasons why the GOP will lose in 2016

Democrats may lose Congress thanks to apathetic voters, gerrymandering, and acting too much like Republicans, but we’ve pretty much got the White House secure for the foreseeable future.   431 more words

Elections

Short-Lived and Premature Celebration

Charles Evans Hughes went to bed on election night, 1916, thinking he had just won the presidency of the United States. During the night it became evident that California’s votes were going to go to President Woodrow Wilson, awarding him re-election, instead. 50 more words

History