Two Views on the Electoral College

Is now the time to abolish the Electoral College, or are we confusing the ballot controversy in Florida with a constitutional crisis?

Thu Nov. 9, 2000 4:00 AM EST
 

Let's Get This Straight
The hysteria over alleged voter fraud in Florida and the possibility of installing a president without a plurality of the popular vote is taking on impeachment proportions. But let's not let the drama confuse us about which issue is which. And besides, the Electoral College isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Read the essay by Seth Gitell of the Boston Phoenix.

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Ditch the College
That a candidate can lose the popular vote and still win the presidency is the result of an anachronistic law from the 18th century designed to weaken the peoples' voice.

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Read the essay by Steven Hill and Rob Richie of the Center for Voting and Democracy.