Can the Electoral College Survive an Electoral Tie?

In recent days, commentators on both sides of the political spectrum have begun to speculate about the possibility of an electoral tie. What if Mitt Romney and Barack Obama both obtain exactly 269 electoral votes? A few scenarios plausibly get us there. Among the more likely has Romney winning a few swing states that currently […]

Electoral College Myth: The Electoral College is a Partisan Institution

Myth number 8 in my series on Electoral College myths. Please don’t miss the earlier myths, posted here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Myth:  If you are a Democrat, you should not support the Electoral College.  If you are a Republican, you should. Fact: No one ever expresses this myth quite so bluntly as […]

Real Life Election Stories: Electoral Tie in 1800

Commentators have been speculating about the possibility of an electoral tie between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.  In light of this possibility, I thought people might like to hear the story of the only other electoral tie in American history. The Election of 1800 America’s first four presidential elections were conducted under a slightly different […]

The World Series Imitates the Electoral College

In honor of the World Series of Baseball, which is starting today, I am reposting a piece of satire that I wrote in 2011. Enjoy! Poll: Americans Want to Scrap World Series A new poll shows that Americans overwhelmingly prefer to scrap the World Series. A shocking 68% of Americans instead believe that Major League […]

Electoral College Myth: The System Disenfranchises Voters Who Live in “Safe” States

Myth number 7 in my series on Electoral College myths. Please don’t miss the earlier myths, posted here, here, here, here, here, and here. Myth:  Most voters don’t count in presidential elections. The winner-take-all allocation of electoral votes in the states ensures that some voters are disenfranchised, left on the sidelines to watch, as voters […]