Why the Electoral College Is Bad for America

Author: George C. Edwards
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300109687
Release Date: 2005-05-12
Genre: Political Science

A distinguished political scientist critiques arguments in favor of the electoral college and offers a persuasive argument for direct election of the president. “[With] excellent descriptions of how the electoral system actually works, [this] is the most cogent and up-todate criticism I have read.”—Alexander Keyssar, New York Review of Books “This crisp handbook . . . outlines the origins of the electoral college . . . and demonstrates the many ways it violates democratic norms.”—New Yorker “Timely [and] relevant. . . . [Edwards’s] principal lines of argument deserve extensive debate in both the news media and the Congress.”—Lewis H. Lapham, Harper’s “Compelling . . . [and] meticulous.”—Glenn C. Altschuler, New York Observer

Why the Electoral College Is Bad for America

Author: George C. Edwards
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300133615
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Political Science

In this engaging book, David Rosen offers a radically new account of modern poetry and revises our understanding of its relation to Romanticism. British poets from Wordsworth to Auden attempted to present themselves simultaneously as persons of power and as moral voices in their communities. The modern lyric derives its characteristic complexities - psychological, ethical, formal - from the extraordinary difficulty of this effort. The low register of our language, a register of short, concrete, native words arranged in simple syntax, is deeply implicated in this story. Rosen shows how the peculiar reputation of 'plain English' for truthfulness is employed by modern poets to conceal the rift between their (probably irreconcilable) ambitions for themselves. With a deep appreciation for poetic accomplishment and a wonderful iconoclasm, Rosen sheds new light on the innovative as well as the self-deceptive aspects of modern poetry. This book alters our understanding of the history of poetry in the English language.

Wrong Winner

Author: David W. Abbott
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0275938719
Release Date: 1991-01-01
Genre: Political Science

"The historical evidence and the interpretations set forth by the authors are written in a most compelling and fascinating manner, providing an absolutely superb opportunity to explore the meaning and consequences of an important political institution." William Mitchell, University of Oregon

The Importance of the Electoral College

Author: George Grant
Publisher: Vision Forum
ISBN: 0975526421
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Religion

In this timely primer on the electoral process, Dr. George Grant makes the case for the brilliance, wisdom, and continuing necessity of the Electoral College. This book is a must for students, lawyers, statesmen, pastor, and citizens of all ages interested in understanding and defending the providential system of elections bequeathed to us by our Founding Fathers.

Redistricting and Representation

Author: Thomas Brunell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135925215
Release Date: 2010-04-02
Genre: Political Science

Pundits have observed that if so many incumbents are returned to Congress to each election by such wide margins, perhaps we should look for ways to increase competitiveness – a centerpiece to the American way of life – through redistricting. Do competitive elections increase voter satisfaction? How does voting for a losing candidate affect voters’ attitudes toward government? The not-so-surprising conclusion is that losing voters are less satisfied with Congress and their Representative, but the implications for the way in which we draw congressional and state legislative districts are less straightforward. Redistricting and Representation argues that competition in general elections is not the sine qua non of healthy democracy, and that it in fact contributes to the low levels of approval of Congress and its members. Brunell makes the case for a radical departure from traditional approaches to redistricting – arguing that we need to "pack" districts with as many like-minded partisans as possible, maximizing the number of winning voters, not losers.

Electoral College Reform

Author: Gary Bugh
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317145264
Release Date: 2016-04-29
Genre: Law

The United States has not updated the Electoral College system since the Twelfth Amendment was ratified in 1804, despite public opinion polls showing a majority of Americans are in favor of changing or outright abolishing it. So why hasn't the United States reformed this system? Electoral College Reform brings together new essays examining all aspects of this crucial debate, including the reasons for reform, the issues surrounding a constitutional amendment, the effect of the Electoral College on political campaigns and the possibilities for extra-constitutional avenues to change. The authors consider both the Federalists' vision of balanced representation and a more democratic and equality-based ideal. These competing frameworks, perhaps more than any other factor, account for centuries of American indecision on this key issue. By offering an unprecedented and carefully researched analysis of an always controversial subject, this volume explores the potential for changing a system that many contend is long overdue.

The Right to Vote

Author: Alexander Keyssar
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 9780465010141
Release Date: 2009-06-30
Genre: History

Originally published in 2000, The Right to Vote was widely hailed as a magisterial account of the evolution of suffrage from the American Revolution to the end of the twentieth century. In this revised and updated edition, Keyssar carries the story forward, from the disputed presidential contest of 2000 through the 2008 campaign and the election of Barack Obama. The Right to Vote is a sweeping reinterpretation of American political history as well as a meditation on the meaning of democracy in contemporary American life.

The Evolution and Destruction of the Original Electoral College

Author: Carolyn Alder
ISBN: 098282372X
Release Date: 2013-04-01
Genre: Electoral college

Why an Electoral College? What were the purposes and benefits? The delegates gathered in the Constitutional Convention struggled through challenge after challenge as they debated the best ways to establish the greatest framework of freedom ever known to mankind, the Constitution of the United States of America. Arguably their greatest challenge was to devise a methodology to select outstanding statesmen to serve as the Chief Executive. In order to select the very best presidents possible, the Framers intelligently designed a unique system to nominate the very best candidates possible. This was the function of the original Electoral College System. The Electoral College today bears only a superficial resemblance to the intricate system the Framers designed for selecting presidents for the United States. Their original plan as outlined in Article II of the Constitution has been subverted, perverted, obscured, ignored and discarded by the machinations of party politics. Today the Electors meet only to rubber-stamp what everybody already knows-who won the election. The Framers' system is totally unknown today. This book reveals the secrets of that ingenious process-a system that has remained hidden (or rather ignored) for over two centuries. Intelligent design versus evolution usually refers to the creation of man. We relate these same terms to the creation of our U.S. Constitution. Intelligent design requires much thought and consideration; evolution has no such restrictions. In bringing to light the ingenious design of the original Electoral College, this book meticulously examines the words of the Constitution, quotes from the Constitutional Convention, and Alexander Hamilton's defense of the system as expressed in Federalist No. 68. After the Framers intelligently designed the Electoral College System, the forces of evolution started their destructive processes. The rise to power of the political parties and the incompatibility of the party paradigm with the original Constitution, are exposed. This book details the inconsistencies apparent in the quickly designed and hastily ratified 12th Amendment. Samples of current State statutes forbidding the independence of Electors and binding them to the political parties are also shown. Discover, in a concise text, essential principles required to restore American constitutional federalism: Direct vs. indirect elections Representative republic vs. democracy The role of independent electors Electoral votes are nominating votes Principle of constitutional federalism How the unique process was subverted by political parties How the 12th Amendment institutionalized party usurpation The empty shell we have today The new April 2013 edition includes extensive footnotes, index, and endorsements from constitutional professors, lawyers, scholars and patriots. Those who want to restore the principles of freedom and limited government, as established by the Framers, will find this book indispensable.

The Electoral College

Author: Josiah Peterson
Publisher: King's College Press
ISBN: 0692896953
Release Date: 2017-08-30

The 2016 election triggered criticism of America's Electoral College. Opponents argue that it is time to do away with the Electoral College system, whose creation, they contend, was an accident of history in the first place. This small volume sets the record straight. In fact, the Electoral College was an ingenious creation of our Founders.The Founders designed the College to fit in with the rest of the federal system and preserve the division of powers, the moderating influence of states, and a republican government that respects the consent of the governed. The Electoral College represents a kind of insurance limiting the influence of demagoguery. As this quick, easy-to-read handbook shows, without the Electoral College, America would see more partisan and national grandstanding, not less.

Choosing a President

Author: Paul Schumaker
Publisher: Chatham House Pub
ISBN: 1889119539
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Political Science

Choosing a President evaluates the Electoral College system and six legitimate alternatives to it. A team of 37 political scientists consider the fundamental questions that go to the heart of the debate. On the basis of these deliberations, each contributor indicates the extent to which he or she supports or opposes the Electoral College and its alternatives.FeaturesDiscussion on how the Electoral College was created, evolved, and currently works, providing fundamental historical and political knowledge.A systematic account of current alternatives to the Electoral College offering three reforms and three possible replacements.Demonstrates two modes of political analysis: (i)evaluating institutions and reforms according to their logical consistency with desired criteria, and (ii) evaluating institutions and reforms according to their (likely) consequences and implications. Helps improve students' understanding of political analysis.

The Electoral College

Author: Alan E Johnson
Publisher: Philosophia Publications
ISBN: 0692078320
Release Date: 2018-03-07

The dispute over the Electoral College goes back to the beginning of the American republic. James Madison and James Monroe were among the delegates who attended the 1788 Virginia convention called to decide whether that state should ratify the United States Constitution proposed by the Constitutional Convention the preceding year. Monroe objected to what was later called the Electoral College, stating that this unusual institution would make the president dependent upon the state governments instead of the people. Madison, who had been a leading member of the Constitutional Convention, replied that the mode of presidential election adopted at that time was judged most expedient until experience should point out one more eligible. Far from being a firmly settled matter, Madison implicitly suggested that a constitutional amendment abolishing the Electoral College in favor of direct popular vote might someday be warranted. The present book asks whether that day has now arrived. The election of 2016 resulted in an Electoral College victory for Donald J. Trump. He lost the popular vote, however, by almost three million votes. Never before had there been such a disparity between a presidential winner's electoral and popular votes. Although popular votes cast in a presidential election are not purely representative of what a candidate's popular vote would have been in the absence of the Electoral College, that statistic is a kind of heuristic that provides significant information. Some commentators treat the Electoral College as the equivalent of holy writ. This book begins with the debates in the Constitutional Convention, showing the many different views that were expressed by the delegates and how the Electoral College evolved into the version embodied in the original Constitution. Their discussions indicated that this institution was designed to prevent demagoguery and foreign influence. The founders thought the electors, who were presumed to have more knowledge, wisdom, and integrity than the general voters, would independently deliberate and choose the president without reference to the views of ordinary people. This original concept was defeated by the rise of political parties and democratic politics, culminating in the fateful elections of 2000 and 2016, when the losers of the popular vote won the electoral vote and therewith the presidency. The book then evaluates the current operation of the winner-take-all Electoral College and explains why-contrary to the mantra of many of its defenders-it is essentially different from the Electoral College conceived by the American founders. Major alternatives, other than direct popular vote, are analyzed. The final chapter sets forth the legal text of a proposed constitutional amendment for direct popular vote with instant runoff voting and explains, in layperson's language, what those provisions mean. It also discusses the advantages of such a system and responds to anticipated criticisms of the proposed amendment. The argument is often made that a constitutional amendment abolishing the Electoral College has no chance of being adopted by Congress and ratified by the states. Times change, however, and what seems impossible today may not be impossible tomorrow-especially if we have several more elections in which the electoral vote winner is the popular vote loser.

The case against direct election of the President

Author: Judith Best
Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr
ISBN: STANFORD:36105036132855
Release Date: 1975
Genre: Political Science

Presents refutations of arguments in support of direct election of the President and, assembling supportive data on electoral and popular votes, argues for retention of the present electoral system

The Embattled Vote in America

Author: Allan J. Lichtman
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674989320
Release Date: 2018-09-10
Genre: Political Science

Americans have died for the right to vote. Yet our democratic system guarantees no one, not even citizens, the opportunity to elect a government. Allan Lichtman calls attention to the founders’ greatest error—leaving the franchise to the discretion of individual states—and explains why it has triggered an unending struggle over voting rights.