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An Idea for Electoral College Reform That Both Parties Might Actually Like

Posted On: Jan 12, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

Americans have heard for years that the Electoral College is broken-just look at the presidential elections of 2000 and 2016, when the winner earned fewer votes nationally than the loser. We have also heard that, despite its flaws, this system won't change anytime soon. Republicans generally oppose a national popular vote, which would both undermine them electorally and violate the Founding Fathers' desire for the presidency to reflect America's federalist structure as a union of separate states. But here is an argument for Electoral College reform that might actually appeal to conservatives: Simply put, the way we currently elect presidents would horrify the early American authors of the U.S. electoral system, as defined in the 12th Amendment. The drafters of that amendment, above all, wanted presidents to be elected according to the principle of majority rule. By the early 1800s, America had experimented four times with presidential elections, and had seen how the Founders' original electoral system gave...

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