There they go again, misquoting Founders & blasting the Electoral College

In May, I blogged that an LA Times editor had misquoted James Madison, pretending that Madison was opposed to the Electoral College. In the LA Times piece, Madison was taken very badly out of context. Madison’s words were not aimed at the Electoral College; he was writing of his discontent with the back-up election process, […]

Enlightened Democracy (2d edition) — Kindle version finally available!

Those of you who have been following this page may remember that the Kindle version of Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College was still for the 1st edition of the book.  Well, I finally got my act together and uploaded the 2nd edition. It is available here: Amazon is in the process […]

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 […]