Swing States: A Microcosm of America?

How often do we hear anti-Electoral College activists moan and groan that the election is “only” about swing states?  They conveniently forget to mention that the identity of these swing states is constantly changing.  More evidence of this fact appears in a Politico story today: The article speaks of “familiar presidential battlegrounds” and “relative newcomers to […]

Let’s Hear it for the Electoral College

Thanks to Michael Greve for the shout-out for the new edition of Enlightened Democracy.  As noted in the book’s acknowledgement section, Mike was kind enough to read a white paper that I wrote about the ramifications of National Popular Vote’s interstate compact.  His advice has been invaluable as I’ve delved into the legal nuances of interstate compacts. Mike […]

New Book Takes on Anti-Electoral College Activists

I am pleased to announce the release of Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College (2nd edition) early next week. It’s been eight years since the first edition was released in 2004 and much has happened since then! In 2006, a dangerous anti-Electoral College movement was formed. For the past six years, this group has […]

Debunking More “Swing State” Myths

Anti-Electoral College activists have many complaints about our current system. One common complaint is that the Electoral College creates a world in which “only swing states matter.”  National Popular Vote, for instance, argues for reform because it would achieve at least one “democratic outcome”: It would “generate greater voter interest and turnout in presi­dential elections because election […]

A President for the People, not for the Moment

I enjoyed this recent piece by history professor Daniel J. Singal: The Genius of the Electoral College. He is exactly right. Supporting the Electoral College means taking a long term view. The Founders faced the interesting challenge of creating a presidential election system that would serve a country composed of many regions, states, and interests. They […]