August 01, 2020 Feature

Will the Electoral College Change?

John Hardin Young
This constitutionally mandated system of choosing the nation’s president and vice president is neither static nor universally accepted.

This constitutionally mandated system of choosing the nation’s president and vice president is neither static nor universally accepted.

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As we go to the polls this November to elect a president and vice president (along with members of the House of Representatives, one-third of the U.S. Senate, state governors, state senators and representatives, and local officials), we’ll hear a great deal about the popular vote. But for president and vice president, the national popular vote is irrelevant. What matters is the selection of “electors” in each of the individual states.

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