The Electoral College: What It Is and Why It Matters

The Electoral College has become a hotly contested issue in American politics with a strong and vocal movement to do away with the institution and instead select the president based on whoever receives the most total votes.

In this presentation I gave for Empower U, I explain what the electoral college is, chronicle how the framers of the Constitution came up with this method of selecting the president and how it fits more broadly with the American Constitutional system. I also explain why changing presidential elections to a popular vote would fundamentally alter that system.

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3 Responses to “The Electoral College: What It Is and Why It Matters”

  1. Elva June Wager-SmithMarch 20, 2019 at 2:45 pm #

    We have the Electoral College for the same reason we have the House and Senate. The House members are elected according to the number of people. There are two Senate members for each state. That is to make certain heavily populated areas don’t completely block out the sparsely populated areas. Didn’t everyone learn that in school? Evidently not. The next thing the Dims will want is to get rid of the House and Senate and just have one big Congress, chosen strictly by population. Obviously that’s what the founding fathers were trying to avoid, until the Dims lost one presidential election and decided to try to change things. Isn’t that what they always do?

  2. David R. WallaceMarch 21, 2019 at 11:44 am #

    Your willingness to refer to over sixty million people by a demeaning term does damage to your credibility as a commentator.

    • Michael MaharreyMarch 21, 2019 at 11:58 am #

      Whatever are you talking about?

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