Electoral College Challenges

Founders warned of an ‘overbearing majority’ in choosing Electoral College – October 2019 as published in the Charleston (SC) Post and Courier – by Dr. Justin DePlato, an assistant professor of political science at Robert Morris University (RMU), and Matthew Markulin, a graduate of RMU.  An overview of why America’s Founders established the Electoral College.

An alternative view of why the Electoral College was established was written the same month by academic Dr. Harry Moses.  He writes that “There is presently a great hue and cry to get rid of the Electoral College and to turn America into a true democracy”.  Then he offers a brief overview of the reasoning behind creation of the Electoral College, recounts the five instances popular vote and the Electoral College differed, and posits an extension of popular vote theory to US Senate and House elections.

What, Exactly, did the Founders have in mind for the Electoral College? is an opinion piece published in October 2019 by Colorado Politics.

Dropping the Electoral College — we nearly did 50 years ago recounts the time when there was a brief bipartisan national consensus “that the Electoral College was a danger, an antiquated system that should be retired”.

The Electoral College Matters and Has Benefited Us by Trent England, executive VP of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs was published by The Heartland Institute.  Mr. England lists five reasons he believes America benefits from the Electoral College system.

Constitution scholar Rob Natelson has written several articles on the Electoral College, including:

  1. What critics of the Constitution get wrong
  2. Did Founder James Wilson Oppose Electoral College, Favor ‘National Popular Vote?
  3. Ruling that presidential electors can make their own choice constitutionally correct
  4. The Electoral College is still right for America
  5. Why the ‘National Popular Vote’ scheme is unconstitutional

The Electoral College will never make everyone happy writes Mark Rush, a professor of Politics and Law, and Director of Center for International Education at Washington and Lee University.  He says “I’ve studied elections and governmental systems around the world.  No matter how fairly one tries to allocate political power, some state or someone will have a special edge from time to time.  It’s unavoidable.  But it’s not undemocratic”.

Shaping the Electoral College is a 14-part in-depth study of America’s Electoral College by Rodney Dodsworth.  He provides a day-by-day account of behind-closed-doors debates by the Constitution drafters as they sought to deal with the best way of selecting America’s chief executive.