4 thoughts on “Will the Electoral College Pick a Different President?

  1. Sorry about that, I was being too basic with my comment. Yes, we don’t vote on every single issue. My point was that most of the people I talk to about this issue did not realize that their vote wasn’t directly for President. I’d love to modify our election system so each vote would be directly for their candidate with no middleman or woman. One day I think we will make that change thanks to the Internet… once we figure out how to secure it from Russian meddling.

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  2. Being a constitutional republic does not mean we should not and cannot guarantee the election of the presidential candidate with the most popular votes. The candidate with the most votes wins in every other election in the country.

    Guaranteeing the election of the presidential candidate with the most popular votes and the majority of Electoral College votes (as the National Popular Vote bill would) would not make us a direct democracy.

    Direct democracy is a form of government in which people vote on all policy initiatives directly.

    Popular election of the chief executive does not determine whether a government is a republic or democracy.

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  3. Now 48 states have winner-take-all state laws for awarding electoral votes, 2 have district winner laws. Neither method is mentioned in the U.S. Constitution.

    The electors are and will be dedicated party activist supporters of the winning party’s candidate who meet briefly in mid-December to cast their totally predictable rubberstamped votes in accordance with their pre-announced pledges.

    The current system does not provide some kind of check on the “mobs.” There have been 22,991 electoral votes cast since presidential elections became competitive (in 1796), and only 17 have been cast in a deviant way, for someone other than the candidate nominated by the elector’s own political party (one clear faithless elector, 15 grand-standing votes, and one accidental vote). 1796 remains the only instance when the elector might have thought, at the time he voted, that his vote might affect the national outcome.

    States have enacted and can enact laws that guarantee the votes of their presidential electors

    The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld state laws guaranteeing faithful voting by presidential electors (because the states have plenary power over presidential electors).

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  4. I wonder how many Americans realize that we do not live in a direct Democracy? How many Americans know about the Electoral College? I sure hope that Hamilton’s confidence wasn’t misplaced!

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