Myths About the Justifications for Maintaining the Electoral College

In today’s Washington Post, Oxford University’s Winant Professor of American Government, George C. Edwards III, discusses five common misconceptions about the electoral college:

1. The framers created the electoral college to protect small states.

2. The electoral college ensures that the winner has broad support.

3. The electoral college preserves stability in our political system by discouraging third parties.

4. In direct elections, candidates would campaign only in large cities.

5. Electors must vote for the candidate who wins their state.

Click here to read his entire discussion, and why he contends these preconceptions about the electoral college are simply not true.

In each state, whichever party garners a majority of popular votes, regardless of how narrow the margin, wins all the electoral votes.

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