Understanding the Electoral College

Understanding the Electoral College

The Electoral College unifies, moderates, and protects American politics. For more than two hundred years, the United States has enjoyed a uniquely peaceful and prosperous existence under a system of constitutional and representative government. One of the reasons for this is the Electoral College, the mostly behind-the-scenes process for electing the President. Indeed our greatest failure of domestic tranquility, the American Civil War, occurred only when other political forces...
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These United States

These United States

The balance of power between state and national governments was one of the most contentious issues for the American Founders. The states were important historically, but also as a way to keep government close to the people and to divide government power into as many hands as practical in order to preserve liberty. At the Constitutional Convention small states wanted every state to have an equal voice in the...
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What Grover learned at (the) Electoral College

What Grover learned at (the) Electoral College

Who won the election of 1876? The race was so close that South Carolina, Florida, and Louisiana each provided two dueling slates of electoral votes. A special congressional commission sorted things out in favor of Republican candidate Rutherford B. Hayes, though New York Governor and Democratic nominee Samuel Tilden probably received more popular votes. That election began a series of close contests that some claim were failures of the...
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Electoral College Debate

Electoral College Debate

About a month ago, I debated the Electoral College and NPV with two Western Washington University political science professors. The complete series of YouTube videos from the two-hour event in Bellingham, Washington, are below. The professors had, in my opinion, little regard for the Constitution, Federalism, or history. I’ve written and spoken about the two radically different views of history. The humble can learn from history, or will at...
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Electoral College Debate

Electoral College Debate

About a month ago, I debated the Electoral College and NPV with two Western Washington University political science professors. The complete series of YouTube videos from the two-hour event in Bellingham, Washington, are below. The professors had, in my opinion, little regard for the Constitution, Federalism, or history. I’ve written and spoken about the two radically different views of history. The humble can learn from history, or will at...
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To swing states: Thank you!

To swing states: Thank you!

“Swing states” do the whole country a favor. They are undecided because their population is more politically balanced than other states. A successful candidate has to bridge political differences and represent the interests of as many different groups as possible. The candidate who can win over the swing states has probably figured out how to represent the most viewpoints across the country. It’s not as though “safe states” don’t...
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To swing states: Thank you!

To swing states: Thank you!

“Swing states” do the whole country a favor. They are undecided because their population is more politically balanced than other states. A successful candidate has to bridge political differences and represent the interests of as many different groups as possible. The candidate who can win over the swing states has probably figured out how to represent the most viewpoints across the country. It’s not as though “safe states” don’t...
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Will Nebraska restore “Winner-Take-All”?

Since 1991 Nebraska has cast three of its five electoral votes based on the winner in each of its three congressional districts. Every other state but Maine uses a state-wide winner-take-all system. Last month the Omaha World-Herald reported that some lawmakers want to repeal that law and return to winner-take-all. Rather than increasing the fairness of elections, Nebraska Republicans claim the current system gives Democrats an unfair advantage nationally:...
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Nutty Voting Helped NPV in Nutmeg State

Apparently the Connecticut legislature has a habit of bending the rules. For example: changing your vote after the tally has been taken. I thought a card laid was a card played; apparently not in the Nutmeg State. Historically, this practice rarely made the difference in whether a law passed or failed. But it did last year. On May 12, 2009 NPV was defeated in the House of Representatives 73-72,...
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Why Save our States?

The genius of the United States of America: we are both United and States. The American system of states is Federalism. One part of it is the Electoral College, the state-by-state way we elect the President of the United States.

Some 'reformers' want to unravel our system of states. The Freedom Foundation’s Save Our States Project is dedicated to preserving these structures for the sake of liberty. Find out more and join us.