Presented below are 15 articles that are neutral, pro, and con on the Electoral College, to offer more information about how the president of the United states is elected.
- Allyson Waller, “The Electoral College Explained,” nytimes.com, Dec. 14, 2020 – Explains the Electoral College with historical references and answers to questions such as “What happens in a tie?” and “What if electors break their pledge?”
- Erin Blakemore, “Here’s why the Electoral College exists—and how it could be reformed,” nationalgeographic.com, Oct. 16, 2020 – Outlines the history of the EC and how it works, then looks at options for reforming how presidential elections are decided.
- Jan Wolfe, “Explainer: The Electoral College and the 2020 U.S. presidential race,” reuters.com, Oct. 12, 2020 – Covers details of the Electoral College workings, including faithless electors, what happens if no candidate reaches 270 votes, and what it would take to change this system.
- Zachary B. Wolf, “The Electoral College, explained,” cnn.com, Nov. 3, 2020 – Explains why the framers of the Constitution chose this system, describes how it works, and explores some pros and cons.
- Jack Rakove and Michael W. McConnell, “Should We Abolish the Electoral College?,” stanfordmag.org, Sep./Oct. 2016 – Two professors lay out the pros and cons of the Electoral College and potential methods of reform.
Pro Electoral College:
- David Harsanyi, “The Electoral College, Now More Than Ever,” nationalreview.com, Nov. 18, 2020 – Makes an argument for how the EC protects the interests of states with lower populations that still make important contributions to the nation, such as corn-producing Iowa. Also posits that there is no such thing as a “popular vote” because people are voting for electors.
- Richard P. Bruneau, “Why The Electoral College Is Still Good For The United States,” thefederalist.com, Nov. 19, 2020 – Presents a case for the importance of the EC as a stabilizing force on the nation that guards against voter fraud.
- Karl Rove, “The Lovely but Unloved Electoral College,” wsj.com, Apr. 10, 2019 – The former Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush goes through a thought exercise to show potential negative outcomes that would arise if the Electoral College were abolished.
- Allen Guelzo, “In Defense of the Electoral College,” nationalaffairs.com, Winter 2018 – Looks at how the Electoral College is rooted in the Constitution and refutes arguments that favor abolishing it.
- John Yoo, “A Defense of the Electoral College in the Time of Trump,” Pepperdine Law Review, Apr. 12, 2019 – Examines the Electoral College in modern politics, analyzes alternatives, and lays out the thought process behind the original choice to adopt this system.
Con Electoral College:
- Nicholas Casey, “Meet the Electoral College’s Biggest Critics: Some of the Electors Themselves,” nytimes.com, Dec. 12, 2020 – Offers perspective from people serving as electors and explains the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, a plan that would see states casting their electoral votes for the winner of the popular vote.
- Dan Glickman, “Let us abolish the Electoral College,” thehill.com, Oct. 6, 2020 – Argues that abolishing the Electoral College would lead to increased civic participation and count every voter equally.
- Isobel Van Hagen, “The Electoral College Should Be Abolished, Reformers Say,” teenvogue.com, Nov. 4, 2020 – Covers the perspective of advocates for ending the Electoral College.
- G. Alan Tarr, “Five Common Misconceptions About the Electoral College,” theatlantic.com, Nov. 29, 2019 – Attacks five common myths used to defend the Electoral College.
- Darrell M. West, “It’s time to abolish the Electoral College,” brookings.edu, Oct. 15, 2019 – A former Electoral College defender explains the reasons why he no longer thinks the institution is good for American politics, including income inequality and overrepresentation of smaller states.