Legal Memorandum posted November 1, 2004
The Electoral College: Enlightened Democracy
The mode of appointment of the Chief Magistrate of the United States is almost the only part of the system . . .
which has escaped without severe censure. . . . I venture somewhat
further, and hesitate not to affirm that if the manner of it be not
perfect, it is at least excellent.
-- Alexander Hamilton1
United States is quickly approaching its first…
Executive Summary posted November 1, 2004
Executive Summary:The Electoral College: Enlightened Democracy
America's method of electing Presidents,
colloquially referred to as the Electoral College, has come under
fire in the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election. That
election was the first in more than 100 years to feature a
discrepancy between the popular and electoral vote outcomes.
Today's unenthusiastic views on the Electoral College would