Efforts to Ditch the Electoral College: Myths & Facts

Readers of this page know that anti-Electoral College forces have been hard at work in recent days and weeks.  The so-called National Popular Vote effort has seen its legislation filed in several states, including: Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, and West Virginia. With so many pieces of […]

Rhode Island to Kill Its Voice in Presidential Elections?

Rhode Island’s Senate Committee on Judiciary is considering anti-Electoral College legislation tomorrow.  This so-called National Popular Vote effort has some appealing sound bites, but the reality is that its legislation carries many legal and logistical problems. NPV claims it is making every vote equal.  In the meantime, its legislation will inevitably make everyone more unequal, as I describe in the testimony that I have submitted to the […]

Connecticut to Consider Anti-Electoral College Move this Monday, Feb 25

Connecticut’s GAE commitee will hold a hearing on anti-Electoral College legislation this Monday, February 25.  The bill under consideration is SB 432, the National Popular Vote bill.  This is not the first time that Connecticut has considered this dangerous piece of legislation.  The GAE committee considered the same measure in 2011.  I was able to […]

Crazy Electoral College Ideas. Again.

Just when you think anti-Electoral College opponents can’t come up with any more crazy modifications to the system……well, here they are again, with yet another silly idea. This reporter approvingly cites a proposition that we re-divide the United States into 50 new entities. Apparently, he means to ditch the existing states and their governments entirely. (Because it […]

Which President was Elected by the House on This Day in History?

We are used to seeing Presidents elected through the Electoral College procedure.  Do you know who elects the President if no candidate obtains votes from a a majority of these electors?  The Constitution provides that the House of Representatives is to select the President in this situation.  In that House election, each state has one […]