Was the Electoral College created only because of slavery?

Does the Electoral College have racist roots? Was it created only because of slavery?  To listen to some media commentators in recent weeks, you would think so. But nothing could be further from the truth. Let’s start by acknowledging an obvious fact: Yes, some of our Founders owned slaves. Compromises were made in our early […]

Faithless Electors for Hillary: Not Going to Happen

For those of you who are worried that faithless electors could still give this election to Hillary Clinton: Not. Going. To. Happen. I have a story that illustrates why. In 2000, you’ll remember that the election was close and hotly contested. Al Gore won the popular vote, but he lost the electoral vote. George W. […]

What to make of Change.org’s “faithless elector” petition

Many of you have messaged me, asking what I think about the Change.org petition to make Hillary Clinton President. For those who haven’t seen it yet, the petition asks some Republican electors to switch their vote from Donald Trump to Hillary since she won the popular vote.   First, the basics: Yes, much of what […]

This Day in History: Benjamin Harrison wins the White House, despite a popular vote defeat

On this day in 1888, Benjamin Harrison defeats Grover Cleveland for the presidency, despite losing the national popular vote. Cleveland had won 5.5 million votes nationwide! By contrast, Harrison had only 5.4 million. Wait. But Harrison won anyway!? Yes, he did! 😉 The national popular vote tally has no legal significance under our Electoral College […]

Electoral College Myths & Facts

Many thanks to those of you who have been following my series of Electoral College Myths & Facts on Facebook. I’ve gathered them here all in one place, in case anyone missed some earlier this fall. I hope they were helpful! As always, please feel free to run over to my Facebook page if you […]