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Why the Electoral College Is Bad for AmericaThird Edition$
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George C. Edwards

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300243888

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300243888.001.0001

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Why the Electoral College Is Bad for America
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George C. Edwards III

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300243888.003.0009

This chapter summarizes the findings of the previous chapters and concludes that electoral colleges violate political equality. It argues that the electoral college system is obsolete. The United States is now the only country that elects a politically powerful president via an electoral college and the only one in which a candidate can become president without having obtained the highest number of votes in the sole or final round of popular voting. The chapter indicates that recent reforms in democratic countries have replaced indirect procedures with direct popular voting. In this light, the chapter offers alternatives to the electoral college and considers some prospects for change.

Keywords:   electoral college, direct election, presidents, direct popular voting, democratic reforms, political equality

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