Saving the Electoral College: Why the National Popular Vote Would Undermine Democracy, 1st Edition

  • Robert M. Hardaway
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  • ISBN-10: 1440869960
  • ISBN-13: 9781440869969
  • DDC: 324.6
  • 208 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released November 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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Ever since the Founding Fathers created the Electoral College, Congress has tried to overturn it. The latest attempt is taking place not in Congress, but in state legislatures around the country, where a campaign by a private California group calling itself National Popular Vote (NPV) is proposing an interstate compact to circumvent the process for amending the U.S. Constitution. If adopted by states representing a majority of electoral votes, these states would bind themselves to ignore the popular votes within their respective states, and instead allocate their electoral votes to the candidate whom the media proclaimed to be the national popular vote winner. In this new history of the Electoral College, the author, a law professor lays bare the constitutional loopholes that have allowed this movement to succeed in states representing about half the electoral votes necessary to bind those states to ignore the popular vote of the people within their respective states.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction: John F. Kennedy’s Vision of Federalism.
2: The Solar System of Government Power.
3: Electing a President: The Framers’ Vision.
4: The Direct Election Illusion.
5: The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
6: The Grand Compromise and the Unit Vote: Myths and Misdirection.
7: Presidential Campaigns and Incentives: “That’s Where the Votes Are”.
8: Legitimacy and Certainty.
9: The Recount Problem.
10: Myths about the Electoral College: A Response.
11: Reform: Proposals and Alternatives.
12: Conclusion: The Case for Preserving Federalism.
Appendix A: National Popular Vote Interstate Compact: California’s Bill.
Appendix B: Selected Provisions of the U.S. Constitution Relating to the Electoral College.
About the Author.