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Why the Electoral College Is Bad for America: Third Edition

George C. Edwards


This is the third edition of the definitive book on the unique system by which Americans choose a presidents, and why that system should be changed. It is a critique of the U.S. electoral college and includes a new chapter focusing on the 2016 election. The book examines the function of the electoral college during the 2016 presidential elections and argues that the electoral college did not work as it should have. The book claims that the electoral college distorted the electoral process and gave the candidates strong incentives to ignore most of the country. It did not guarantee victory to t ... More

Keywords: U.S. presidents, U.S. electoral college, 2016 election, electoral college, American democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780300243888
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300243888.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George C. Edwards, author
Texas A&M University